serenagrandslamWhen will Serena become America’s sweetheart?

(Photo: www.cbs.com)
(Photo: http://www.cbs.com)

Earlier this year I blogged that Serena Williams is not your ‘Average World #1.

When in fact Serena is one of the most fascinating  figures in Sports today…AN ICON KNOWN BY FIRST NAME ONLY‼

(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)
(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)

I watch ESPN hoping to hear more about Serena Williams’ historic win at the 2015 Australian Open. But all I’m getting is continuing coverage of this year’s Superbowl. American pundits going on ad nauseam about the greatness and genius of  quarterback Tom Brady who just  won his 4th title, with little to no mention of the cheating controversy “Deflate-gate’.  They continue gushing over an inebriated/hard-partying Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots; who’s become the defacto ‘glorified bad boy’ of professional football in running stories on ESPN.

What Serena Williams accomplished winning the 2015 Australian Open becoming the third all-time best grand slam title holder was historic! Serena grand slam record

Coverage by ESPN and ESPN Tennis was relegated to simply covering the grand slam itself. Williams, 33, now owns 19 Grand Slam singles titles, tying her with Helen Wills Moody. Steffi Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, while Australia’s Margaret Court owns the all-time record with 24 (before the Open Era).  There wasn’t any run-up coverage of Serena’s title chase during the Aussie Open and after the win, no special segments of congratulations. Sports talk shows were mostly absent.


The NFL’s Superbowl known for it’s astronomically priced commercials pushing the possibilities of innovation and technology, aired a series of spots entitled #LikeAGirl. They delivered an important message: your words should be tempered in ways that create and maintain confidence , courage and self-worth in girls.

Yet America remains mute on  and seemingly unaware that it is home to, what newspapers around the world frame as, the most accomplished female athlete in the world. One who not only hits #LikeAGirl, but better than just about everyone when it comes to her serve!

[NOTE TO  Olympic Tennis: Why are you still  in delay mode regarding Russian Tennis Federation Official Tarpischev, who made Racist/Sexist remarks about Venus and Serena on television. I commend  both the WTA  and the USTA for  immediately condemning him‼  He received a fine and ban in fact by the WTA.]

Why is the American Sports Media Seemingly
Dismissive of  Serena?

Some offer as explanation that Serena’s greatness is a given thus any word or action to the contrary becomes the story. Although counter argument to this is that the American media is remiss, as the time has yet-to-come of running commentaries on ESPN about “Serena the Great!”

Are there more grand slams to come in 2015? Thankfully Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams for two-and-a-half years, clues us in, sharing  that she is ”mentally better”and has “bigger weapons”.  About Serena’s chase with the history books:

SERENA GLAMA AT AUSSIE OPEN“Of course she can,” said Mouratoglou. “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. For sure it’s going to be very difficult. She will have to stay fit, she will have to keep the motivation as high as it is now. She has been playing 17 years on tour, so to wake up every morning, go to practice, all these things.SERENA WITH PATRICK

“But she still has for the moment.

Without fail they laud her power and strength. True, with the exception of elder sister Venus, Serena’s power game is unsurpassed. As I read, listen and watch commentaries about her game I silently scream – how can anyone see Serena Williams play tennis and not marvel at the intelligence and beauty of her game.SERENA DEVASTATING SERENA BEAUTIFUL 300SERENA BEAUTIFUL GAME 200

The extraordinary serve – forehand, backhand – and exact shot making. FINESSE. A mastermind at work on the court, able to identify the weaknesses in her opponents game. Prepared, arriving with a strategic game plan and focus/commitment to execution.  And win or lose, always going down swinging, most often with ‘precise’ swings.


outfitsWhen they arrived on the scene, Venus and Serena not only changed how the women’s game is played, they changed the look; stunning the ‘Lily White’ tennis establishment and fans in America. And they have and continue to endure the racist abuse and indignities that all African American trailblazers are forced to contend with  (i.e. Jackie Robinson,  Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and etc.).

2014 US Open: Serena tied Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with a whopping 18 Grand Slam titles.
2014 US Open: Serena tied Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with a whopping 18 Grand Slam titles.
Serena receives the trophy from Martina. Australian Open,2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Serena receives the trophy from Martina. Australian Open,2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

One would think with Serena the tide in America would have changed, in light of her achieving such unimaginable feats, not only surpassing Evert and Navratilova with her 19th grand slam but her sustained dominance in the women’s game.


why“Why I Write About
Serena Williams”

 by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA
via Scribd.com

“Serena Williams not attaining recognition she deserves:
Following her 19th Grand Slam victory, she is almost certainly the most under-appreciated legend in American sport”
by Dave Hannigan
via @IrishTimes
“Serena Williams and her sister Venus deserve more respect and we should cherish them while we can”
by Charlie Eccleshare
LINK→http://fw.to/Ui0I26H  via @Telegraph
I have lived long enough to see some change for the better in America, and I remain in a ‘glass half-full’ hopefulness state that soon and very soon America will embrace wholeheartedly a most accomplished champion who is a marvelous soul as well. Now it’s showtime…featuring the ‘Hey 19’ Champion-of-the-World –  Serena!  ‘-)                              {guest Blogger @BlackPearlMoi }

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