Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon: #GOAT?

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For those of us glued to our televisions and computers on Saturday, it felt like we were watching something incredibly historic. After failing to win the Australian Open and the French Open this year, Serena Williams was still searching, yearning for her 22nd major title, just looking to tie with Steffi Graff’s record in the open era. And you could feel it in the air, especially as Serena advanced to the quarterfinals and then the semifinals. Could this be it? Would this be #22 for Serena the #GOAT (Greatest of All Time)? And it was. Serena defeated German Angelique Kerber in two straight sets. Serena won her seventh Wimbledon singles title, her 22nd major singles title. History. Magic. Amazingness. #GOAT

What was also amazing is that just a handful of hours later, Serena was back on Center Court with her sister Venus for the doubles championship against Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova. And once again, Venus and Serena won in two straight sets. This was their sixth doubles win at Wimbledon and their 14th Grand Slam double win. They’re going to be playing doubles at the Olympics too, and Serena really wants to win gold in singles too. And Serena now has her eye on winning the US Open this year after falling apart in the final of last year’s US Open.

Try to watch this and not be inspired. The BBC did a special tribute to Serena before her final matches, and the video is overlaid with Serena reciting “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.

And if that wasn’t enough, Serena talked about the political/racial topics with many of the reporters at Wimbledon. When asked about the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police, Serena told the NYT’s Ben Rothenberg:

“I feel anyone in my color in particular is of concern. I do have nephews that I’m thinking, Do I have to call them and tell them, ‘Don’t go outside. If you get in your car, it might be the last time I see you.’ That is something that I think is of great concern, because it will be devastating. They’re very good kids. I don’t think that the answer is to continue to shoot our young black men in the United States. It’s just unfortunate. Or just black people in general. Also, obviously, violence is not the answer of solving it. The shooting in Dallas was very sad. No one deserves to lose their life, doesn’t matter what color they are, where they’re from. We’re all human. We have to learn that we have to love one another. It’s going to take a lot of education and a lot of work, I think, to get to that point. But I think, in general, the entire situation is extremely sad, especially for someone like me. It’s something that is very painful to see happening.

[Via Think Progress]

Serena also spoke about not wanting to be called “one of the greatest female athletes in the world,” saying that she would prefer to be called “one of the greatest athletes in the world.” She told reporters: “I didn’t come from any money or anything, but I did have a dream and I did have hope. That’s really all you need. We shouldn’t put any female athlete in a box. Why do we have to be limited to just female athletes? We all work really hard. We just want to be known as just athletes.” I love her. #GOAT

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia and tons of other celebrities came out to see Serena win too! The camera kept cutting away to Beyonce, everyone at Wimbledon was so happy that Bey came out!

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  1. Aligoat says:

    Serena is truly remarkable. I love how much respect she showed Angie both at the Aus Open final and at Wimbledon.

    One of the best moments of the final was Serena’s mum Oracene passing Beyonce a bottle of water like Bey was just a regular thirsty human.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Serena is wonderful. It was a great finals & I was THRILLED for Venus when they won the doubles. With that said, what in holy lacy hell was Beyoncé wearing. (Side note: I though Portia de Rossi looked great)

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed Serena is just amazing. I’ve spent most of my life watching her play and to see her still dominate alongside her sister is amazing. She is also so eloquent when speaking on relevant topics. Just amazing. #BlackGirlMagic

      • Chicken Salt says:

        Nicole, you presumably just read an interview with her where she states she wants to be known as an athlete period. Not a female athlete and not a black athlete, just an athlete. She didn’t bring race into it so why are you?

      • Plewas says:

        I don’t think she was qualifying her as a black athlete but describing her as a black role model who spoke out about the racially fueled events this week.

    • Kiliki says:

      Serena is perfect. She’s a beautiful human being in every sense of the word.

      I don’t understand the commenter who said she didn’t care for her attitude on the nip scandal post (HadleyB?).

      My first memory of truly adoring her was back in the day on Punk’d. She was so gracious. Hasn’t let me down since.

  2. lilacflowers says:

    Serena is fabulous. Watching her march her way victoriously through each round was mesmerizing.

    • C says:

      +1 I love her.

    • Pinky says:

      It was an exhilarating match. Ferber held her own and pushed Serena to perform some of the greatest tennis of her career. I’m a fan of Kerber’s now, too. She seems good, decent, gracious, and exceptional in her sport as well.

      I’m such a fan of the Williams sisters and I appreciated what Serena said about the shootings here in America. She knows this kind of sadness personally, with her sister having been shot and killed. This country is in such sad shape, it was nice to be able to root for the triumph of a person of color, in particular, to outwardly, overtly, in-your-facely demonstrate the value in black lives. (Obviously sports being a metaphor for potential greatest in all aspects of life.)

      –TheRealPinky

  3. Palar says:

    She’s amazing, but not GOAT yet. She’s still equal with Stefi and still two behind Margaret. GOATmeans greatest of all time after all, not greatest in third place.

    • Ninks says:

      Joint second is not third place. Plus, Margaret Court won about half of her grand slam titles before the open era, so a little different. (Not to diminish her achievements which were remarkable.)

      • Palar says:

        My view is Steffi did it in less games so she’s still second. Serena will pass her anyway so it’s just a temporary third place.

    • Pinky says:

      Steffi would not have reached 22 had not a deranged fan, who wanted Monica Seles out of commission so that Steffi could remain number one, not stabbed Monica in the back. Monica was on the path to becoming the greatest of all time, not Steffi. And the Margaret Court thing doesn’t bear repeating.

      So…anyway…she’ll outshine them all in time.

      –TheRealPinky

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Monika Seleš would have been the greatest of all time, had the stabbing not occured. What a sad thing to happen.

        As for the men, I know Murray is popular round here, but I kinda hope Raonić will win.

      • Mira says:

        Noooo Murray for the win! Come on Scotland!

      • Sixer says:

        Had it been anyone but Murray, I would have been supporting Raonić. I love him.

      • Palar says:

        It’s the numbers that are remembered in the end Pinky not these squabbles. I agree Serena will surpass those numbers but there’s no reason to clutch at straws with excuses and “ifs and buts.”
        She’s not the goat yet based on numbers, simple.

      • Pinky says:

        Whatever, Palar. You’re superior. Happy?

        –TheRealPinky

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t really believe in the concept of GOAT. American sport seems consumed by these types of statistics and classifications. Serena is sublime. Other tennis players have been sublime. Tennis players in the future will be sublime. I’d rather just celebrate them all and thank them all for giving me joy.

    • Tiffany says:

      Serena is going to get to 24, and then 25, and then 26. The point is she going to smash it. 22 singles and 12 doubles. How is she not GOAT.

      Love what she says about being world best athlete.

  4. Betti says:

    Love the Williams sisters esp Serena. She is a real role model and I love watching her play, she is such a forceful player and personality.

    All hail Queen Serena.

  5. BritAfrica says:

    Well Done Serena! So, so proud of you. What a fantastic role model. Hope you win many more Grand slams!

    Now to complete my perfect weekend, please Hamilton and Murray, please please give us a super Sunday. We badly need one after the fiasco of our footballers except the brilliant Wales ofcourse.

    Sixer, is Wales going to stuff and mount Gareth Bale? :-)

  6. nitesh says:

    knew it that 22 going to happen one day,sooner or later it just matter of time and little luck I think she will break Margaret court record too. and I am not her fan😉.

  7. Meme says:

    I want Beyoncé to strangle me with her legs

  8. Sixer says:

    All congratulations to Serena. She’s fabulous.

  9. Snowflake says:

    Great job Serena. What does GOAT mean?

  10. Liberty says:

    Bravo to Serena!!!! She’s amazing in so many ways. She and Venus are brilliant.

  11. Rachel says:

    LOVE Serena, and how she managed to speak so eloquently about the tragedies over the last few days.

    I also love how gracious Angelique Kerber was in defeat and how they genuine they were with each other when they hugged at the net – you get the sense that Serena, despite being the current #1, really cares about the future of the sport and inspiring the next generation of athletes.

  12. Zut alors! says:

    Serena is simply amazing. I love her strength of will and mental toughness. She and Venus are a remarkable sister act and a true source of inspiration.

  13. Almondjoy says:

    Watching that tribute made me tear up. I’m not a big tennis fan (or any sport for that matter) but I am aware of all the racist nonsense she’s had to rise above and I’ve seen the work she’s put in. I’m also really inspired by the relationship Venus and Serena have. My sister and I aren’t as close as we used to be so I absolutely LOVE seeing sisters who are supportive of each other they way these two are. So beautiful ❤️

  14. Miss M says:

    Love the Williams sisters. Congrats, Serena!

  15. Amanda G says:

    She is a remarkable woman!

  16. kri says:

    I love her very much. She always brings the racket! You go on and do it, you amazing person!

  17. Mira says:

    Amazing woman! Awesome inspiring story. Surely not just the greatest female tennis player but also the greatest female athlete of our time?

    • Palar says:

      Neither yet. It really frustrates me that these Johnny come latelys to tennis (or sport) don’t bother looking at history before proclaiming GOAT.

  18. zippersgirl says:

    One of the best athletes in history. Well done!

  19. nicegirl says:

    Yay Serena!! GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What an athlete!!!

    You are awesome!

  20. ClaireB says:

    Love watching Serena dominate! Wish they let the women play best of 5 at the Majors so the matches would be more of a contest of endurance and mental strength. Feels like the women are just getting into their groove and then someone has won!

  21. Craig says:

    If she stays healthy she could play until 40 and still be winnings Slams

    Serena is 34 mind you—-Graf retired at 29–which seems young these days and she probably had more Slams in her but her body was breaking down with all her surgeries.

    Martina played at the highest level until she retired at 37! And had Venus not been hampered by her auto-immune disorder no doubt she’d still be winnings majors too.

    • Janey says:

      But then again, Serena had years she didn’t work as hard as she does now. There was a period she was more focused on other things and only came out for the really big tournaments. She would have tied with graff earlier if she had stayed focused on tennis all the way, Imao.

  22. Janey says:

    G.O.A.T!

  23. DavidBowie says:

    Serena is ONE of the greatest. If she is to be considered THE GOAT then she needs to win a Golden Grand Slam like Steffi Graf.

    • Palar says:

      Or Margaret.

    • The Other Katherine says:

      Meh. Serena is the only player to have completed a career (as opposed to calendar-year) Golden Slam in both singles and doubles; Serena has 4 gold medals in 3 Olympic games (2000, doubles; 2008, doubles; 2012; singles and doubles) to Steffi’s one gold medal (1988, singles), one silver (1992, singles), and one bronze (1988, doubles). Steffi held the #1 ranking the longest, but Serena is the oldest person to hold it. While Serena tied Steffi’s Grand Slam singles win record yesterday, she had (with Venus’s help) already far, far surpassed Steffi’s Grand Slam doubles win record.

      If one were to give the edge to Steffi, it would have to be on the basis of her total number of career singles titles (3rd highest of all time, while retiring relatively young), and the fact that her 22 Grand Slam singles titles were so evenly distributed among all 4 tournaments (whereas Serena has “only” won the French Open 3 times). However, Serena has a vastly more impressive doubles record. I think Steffi may have been a bit better with her forehand return, but her serve was never in the same league as Serena’s.

      I prefer to think of them both as two of the greatest ever to play the game. But if I had to pick just one for GOAT, I’d plump for Serena.

  24. Shockadelica81 says:

    Yes‼️‼️ And won the doubles too with big sis Venus🇺🇸🇺🇸🎉🎉❤️

    • Maire3 says:

      Love the photo with both sisters holding their trophies. Together, they did so much for tennis.

      Congratulations Ladies!

  25. poppy says:

    she is amazing.

  26. Gardenia says:

    Aah…. amazing and inspiring woman. I remember watching her play when she was just starting out. It seems like such a long time ago! It’s incredible to see her today still dominating. What a boss.