So Serena Williams has won Wimbledon again, and it’s all over for another year. No more discretely trying to watch big matches on your screen at work or using holiday days to stand in the drizzle queuing for tickets. But even though the tournament is over, our massive girl-crush on Serena Williams shows no signs of abating. Why? Because she’s totally ace. (When a pun works, you work it hard.)
She’s a straight talker
When a journalist asked her at a press conference last week how she felt about being called one of the greatest female athletes in the world, she replied ‘I prefer the words ‘greatest athletes of all time.’
She’s for equal pay
When asked if she thinks female tennis players should get the same prize money as male ones, Williams responded, ‘I don’t deserve to be paid less because of my sex. Yeah, I think we deserve equal prize money. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, if you happen to write a short article, you think you don’t deserve equal pay as your beautiful colleague behind you?’ Mic drop.
She’s an incredible friend
Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg had said that Serena was a constant support to her in the early stages of her bereavement when her husband died. ‘I just kept getting these messages from Serena, literally every couple of days—for months. Texts, messages, voice mails. She would write, “You have all my strength” or “You are the strongest woman I know. You will get through this.”‘
She’s all about supporting other women
Even losing doesn’t deter her
Confidence isn’t a problem
Family means everything to her (even when she’s playing her sister)
Hard work, not good luck
And she’s a seriously tough cookie
She’s competitive AF
She’s a straight up inspiration
Our one takeaway from this? #BeMoreSerena.