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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Top Tennis Quotes: Victory, Humility, Championship, and Passion

Andre Agassi famously said, “In tennis, you’re on an island. Of all the games, men and women play, tennis is the closest to solitary confinement.”

Indeed, the top is a lonely place.

But, time and again, it is not always about the greatest tennis player of all time. Their words are all the more reason these men and women deserve respect.

Famous tennis quotes

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it. ~ Jimmy Connors

Freed from the thoughts of winning, I instantly play better. I stop thinking; start feeling. My shots become a half-second quicker, my decisions become the product of instinct rather than logic. ~ Andre Agassi

I just try to play tennis and don’t find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore. ~ Goran Ivanisevic

I play each point like my life depends on it. ~ Rafael Nadal

It’s one-on-one out there, man. There ain’t no hiding. I can’t pass the ball. ~ Pete Sampras

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. ~ Serena Williams

I’m not afraid of anyone, but sometimes I’m afraid of myself. ~ Justine Henin

As a tennis player, you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better. ~ Stan Wawrinka

Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy. ~ Rafael Nadal

Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there. ~ Venus Williams

Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love — the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. ~ Andre Agassi

If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win. ~ Andre Agassi

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. ~ Martina Navratilova

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. ~ Andy Murray

I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn’t stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper. ~ Roger Federer

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. ~ John McEnroe

Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good. ~ Serena Williams

As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both – winning and losing – get easier. ~ Rafael Nadal

Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come. ~ Serena Williams

You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman. ~ Martina Navratilova

You’ll hear a lot of applause in your life, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers. I hope each of you hears that at the end. ~ Andre Agassi

I’ve been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience. ~ Maria Sharapova

I don’t mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way. That’s all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable. ~ Roger Federer


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