When Serena Does Serena: 6 Times Williams Rock the Tennis World

Serena Williams is undeniably the greatest woman tennis player of all-time. Her stellar career, however, is marred with outbursts, tantrums, dramas, and an overall attitude that the spectators either take in or ignore. 

Who can forget her explosive retorts against umpire Carlos Ramos in the 2018 US Open?

These are the moments that both Serena, despite having no complete control over a situation, and her fans would rather forget.

The Moments That Took the Tennis World by Surprise

2009 US Open

One time when Serena got confrontational was during the 2009 US Open semi-finals match against Kim Clijsters. The reason was the lineswoman, Shino Tsurubuchi who foot faulted her. 

She contested the decision and argued with the official, launching a tirade of abuse against her. Serena even smashed her racquet during the moment, which turned off a lot of fans. 

It resulted in an $82,500 fine plus $500 for smashing the tennis equipment. Serena also received a suspended ban, two-year probation.

2011 Wimbledon

This could be the darkest moment in Serena’s career with her less-than-enigmatic performance at the 2011 Wimbledon.

In the fourth round, she lost the game to Marion Bartoli. It was her earliest exit in a competition.

What’s worse, Serena plummeted to rank #175. It was her lowest world ranking.

2012-13 season

If there’s one word that can sum up that season, it was injury-plagued. Serena suffered from an injury after an injury.

Successive ankle injuries affected her game while in Australia. She missed several matches then.

At one point, she suffered from a pulmonary embolism. A blood clot was discovered in her lungs, and she underwent emergency surgery. She got over it and recovered completely.

2012 London Olympics

Other than the fact that she defeated one of her supposed rivals, Maria Sharapova, it was the crip walk dance that everyone got talking. She danced as a part of her impromptu celebration without giving much thought about the dance itself.

The crip walk is associated with some of the bloodiest gang-related violence in the United States. Seeing Serena doing it after the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics was tactless. 

2014 Wimbledon

Serena was forced to stop the match because of a viral illness. She was not even able to toss the ball properly due to dizziness.

No one antagonises Serena for what had happened because even the most physically fit can get sick if not for her sister, Venus. They were doing a doubles match at that time and stopping would mean ruining her sister’s chance of progressing further in the competition.

Venus, the ever-doting sister that she is, on the other hand, was seen calmly consoling Serena.

2015 US Open

During a post-match press conference where she defeated her sister, Serena unwillingly answered questions from the members of the press. 

A reporter asked her, “Why aren’t you smiling?” A stroppy Serena retorted by saying she was so tired and did not want to be in front of these people to answer dumb questions from stupid reporters.

She said something like that, and it didn’t sit well with a room full of reporters and media personalities.


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4 of the Greatest Men’s Tennis Rivalries of the Last Decade

If you’ve seen Borg vs. McEnroe, you’d ask yourself: if this is not the greatest tennis rivalry, then what is? Nothing, but perhaps one of these modern rivalries is a forthcoming, movie-screen worthy the tennis world is waiting.

Men’s tennis rivalries are as intense as that of the women’s. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andy Murray, and 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles champion, Novak Djokovic are some of the greatest players in recent history. The Golden Era of Tennis is all thanks to these men.

Each has their fair share of momentous rivalries, though. The majority of which are ongoing rivalries and are listed below.

Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray

Djokovic and Murray had a storied rivalry that started in 2006 with Djokovic’s 14 Grand Slam singles titles as opposed to Murray with only 3. They had seven Grand Slam finals meeting. In the Open era, the Serb and Brit were seeded to meet in the Australian Open finals for four times. 

Nonetheless, their 2012 US Open Grand Slam matchup has been one for the books. The game ended after almost 5 hours, with Murray winning his first major title. In 2013, they met again at Wimbledon that Murray had also won. He was the first Brit to win the London major for the first time since 1936.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer

Although Federer has more Grand Slam titles with 20 compared with Djokovic’s 13, Djokovic often prevailed during their head-to-head meetings. Djokovic and the Swiss had a total of 45 meetings.

Dubbed as the male version of the earlier rivalry between Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, the two are the Open era’s hardcourt players. They were the only ones to beat each other in Grand Slam tournaments. Djokovic prevailed over Federer, however, at the 2014, 2015, and 2019 Wimbledon as well as 2011 and 2015 US Open. Federer defeated Djokovic in 2007 US Open, and also in 2008 during the semifinals, which is considered as another classic.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Interestingly, Djokovic leads their head-to-head career meeting with 27 against Nadal’s 25. On the other end of the court, however, Nadal leads Grand Slam tournaments meetings with 9 to 5, finals with 4 to 3 and singles titles with 17 to 13. Their meetings have been the hardest to predict, experts agreed.

Nadal had 14 more faceoffs with Djokovic than with Federer. Djokovic and Nadal were the two top tennis players to meet in four Grand Slam finals. Nadal won nine of their 14 meetings and four in seven meetings on Grand Salm finals. Their 2012 Australian Open finals was considered as one of the greatest Grand Slam finals at almost 6 hours. Djokovic won in five sets.

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

Two of the most respected tennis players in the Open era, Nadal and Federer rivalry is an even matchup. Nadal leads Grand Slam tournaments head-to-head meetings and finals with 9 and 3, respectively, against Federer’s 3 and 3. However, Federer has more Grand Slam titles with 20 compared with that of Nadal’s with 17. They had a total of 38 meetings.

Their most epic game was the 2008 Wimbledon final–their third consecutive year. Federer was looking to win his sixth consecutive Centre Court finals trophy, but Nadal won’t let him. Nadal got the better of Federer in a five-set win. Their most recent duel was the 2017 Australian Open final, with which Federer has also won.


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