QUEEN SERENA STILL STANDING

(NO MATTER WHAT THE HATERS SAY)

In the build up to the 2016 Australian Open, “THEY” said many things. They said her best days were behind her; they said there was a new kid on the block, they said mother time had caught up with her; they said her loss to Roberta Vinci at the US Open was the biggest sporting defeat of all time. They said injury would prevent her from winning.

With each Serena victory at Melbourne, a number of Western journalists embarked on a race to the bottom to give one, five or ten reasons why Serena would not prevail at Melbourne. Sharapova’s aces, Radwanska’s movement and Azarenka’s intensity were used to support their premise. While the media never bothered to ask: Who could stop Novak Djokovic? Is It Time For Nadal To Retire? Or provide ten reasons why Federer or Djokovic would not succeed, but when it came to Serena they could not hide their prejudice towards her. The negative articles kept on coming ranging from:

The not so good — Serena To Fall Short At The Australian Open

The bad: Age, Injuries Could Halt Serena William Dominance in 2016

The ugly: How Maria Sharapova Can Beat Serena Williams?

American pundits cast national loyalties aside as they threw their weight behind non-American white players instead of the African American numero uno.

Despite all the negativity, Serena remained calm, ignored the naysayers and kept her focus. One by one the other favored contenders fell by the wayside. Although the Queen eventually fell at the final hurdle, it was not to any of the contenders that the tennis pundits placed their bets on.

In view of the above, I made some annotations to some of these articles to highlight the media bias against Serena (see below).

Those who predicted her downfall at Melbourne might be rejoicing, however, the Queen remains unfazed. The Serena story is far from reaching its conclusion. She might have lost the battle but she certainly has not lost the war. Watch this space.

TO BE CONTINUED

Viva Serena.

February 2016

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I’ve always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it. -Serena Jameka Williams

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