Such Grace! Serena Williams of the United States serves the ball during her women’s singles semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day 11 of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 6, 2018, in Queens, N.Y.
Such Grace! Serena Williams of the United States serves the ball during her women’s singles semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day 11 of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept. 6, 2018, in Queens, N.Y.
Photo: Al Bello (Getty Images)

Although I am loath to compare the incomparable Serena Williams to any animal besides perhaps a black panther with emerald eyes, I may allow for the G.O.A.T. acronym, because damn, she can’t stop, won’t stop, showing and proving that she’s worthy of the title: greatest of all time.

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After making light work of Anastasija Sevastova’s ass, 6-3, 6-0, at the U.S. Open semifinals on Thursday, Williams, 36, is now just one match away from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, and her second consecutive Grand Slam final (she lost at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber in July.)

CBS News reports that baby girl was in top form, noting that “Williams won 86 percent of her points at the net. She also broke Sevastova’s serve five times, and had her serve broken only once.”

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The praise continued:

With every match since her return from having a child last year, it’s felt like Williams has added something new to her game. Whether it be her serve, her return, her lateral movement or her net game, she only seems to be getting better. Whether Keys or Osaka advances to the finals, they’ll have their hands full in their quest for their first career Grand Slam.

Williams is looking to tie Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam record on Saturday, and will either face Madison Keys or Naomi Osaka—both brown girls—in the finals.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

An all-black and all-American (in a sense, Osaka has dual citizenship) final is a given. The influence of Venus and Serena is evident. Both Keys and Osaka were drawn to tennis because of the Williams sisters, and both play a similar game. Serena is playing better than she was at Wimbledon, and while it looks like Osaka is the likely challenger, I feel like Serena has a very good chance at getting #24 on Saturday. And if not, a new slam champion will be crowned, which is cool too.

Obligatory fuck you to Margaret Court, whose relevancy is only maintained thanks to her proximity to Serena’s greatness.