Nothing to See Here, Just the World's Greatest Athlete, Serena Williams, Getting 'Randomly' Drug Tested Again

Serena Williams celebrates defeating Julia Goerges of Germany during their Ladies’ Singles semi-final match on day 10 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2018 in London, England.
Serena Williams celebrates defeating Julia Goerges of Germany during their Ladies’ Singles semi-final match on day 10 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 12, 2018 in London, England.
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We all know Queen Serena is the greatest of all time.

After almost dying while giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia a mere 10 months ago, the tennis superstar has started to dip her toes into the waters of competition again. And although her return to the court has not produced any major wins (just yet), she still managed to rocket up 153 ranks in the WTA rankings after her runnerup finish at Wimbledon, and is now seated comfortably at the No. 28 spot.

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This was of course after falling to the No. 453 spot because she had a baby, because of some archaic, sexist system used in the WTA. 

Despite the arbitrary numbers they’re putting on the undisputed No. 1's name, even haters have to recognize game, and the haters are at Serena’s throat once again, targeting her for a “random” drug test.

Riiiiiiiiiggggght.

“Random.”

On Tuesday, after being subjected to yet another test, Serena once again spoke out about her persistent testing, slamming it for what it is: discrimination.

Serena has lamented the number of tests she’s been subjected to before. Per a USADA database, as of July 20, Serena has already gone through five drug tests since the beginning of 2018.

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In June, it was revealed that she had already been tested more than twice as often as any other top American women’s tennis player. She was also tested more than any of the top five American male players.

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But while calling out the treatment she receives, she remained as graceful as ever, because ain’t nothing bothers a bitter hater more than an unbothered queen who knows she’s the best and doesn’t have to dope.

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Bring. It. On. We got some titles to snatch.

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DISCUSSION

robdweiner
TrumpsTinyHands

Well, I don’t know what’s going on with all the testing, but I can think of a couple things that would trigger more frequent testing:

  • Tips from informants.
  • Results from previous testing that are “borderline” and indicate possible cheating. Results are as simple as “yes” or “none detected”. For example, if a result of <5 is normal, 5-10 is suspicious, and >10 is a violation. Maybe someone has been tested and always come back at 9.7.

Like I said, I know nothing about Serena, other that she has been a great tennis player for a long freaking time, and that she has proved herself to be from Krypton by having a baby (with serious delivery complications) and then coming back to play world class tennis same in < 12 months.

Maybe someone at USADA has it out for Serena, but I hesitate to call it racism until Venus, Sloane and Madison start getting called to the doctors office monthly. After all the denials from Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Ryan Braun, Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, Tyson Gay, most of the NFL, etc, etc I just assume that there is a 50/50 chance that any given athlete is doping and I don’t believe any denial. (But if you are asking me which tennis players to test VERY often I would suggest Nadal. There have been rumors about him and his trainers for years.)