5 Reason Why Serena Williams' French Open Win Is Significant
Serena Williams is indeed the “Queen of the Court” as she continues to add intricately crafted trophies to her collection. Since taking home her first French Open win in 2002 (cue platinum blonde braid extensions) and returning to the clay court 11 years later to win her second title (June 8), her triumph at Roland Garros proved more inspiring and significant than others. Check out these five reasons to see why.
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1. The longevity of her sporting career.
Serena has been recorded numerous times stating she still has many years ahead of her and her game will continue to improve. It’s safe to say the best has yet to come with this tennis star.
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2. The California native remains a role model for the African American Community.
Since breaking onto the scene with her first singles win at the 1999 U.S. Open, Serena has proved to be a groundbreaking athlete and a role model for African American women across the country as she overcame adversity and stayed focused on her goals.
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3. Serena Williams' age is record-breaking as well.
Beyoncé wrote it best. At the age of 31, Serena Williams is in her prime, accomplishing another feat in her growing yet solidified tennis career. She joins the ranks of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert who’ve won major titles in their thirties.
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4. Sixteen Grand Slam titles continue to prove her icon status.
By winning her second French Open title (and giving her acceptance speech in French), Serena showed her will power and perseverance to go out and get what you’ve worked for.
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5. Serena Williams gives the saying “practice makes perfect” true meaning.
Despite all the controversy from spectators and opponents to losing the match for the title in 2012, Serena hit the naysayers’ comments to the ground as hard as her 120 mph serve and took home the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Her consulting coach Patrick Mouratoglou said, “For Serena, nothing is out of reach. If she really wants something, it’s very difficult to stop her.”
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