Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus, 6-4, 6-4, to win the Australian Open and to claim a record 23rd Grand Slam title.
Here is the celebration:
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017
Congratulations quickly rolled in:
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 28, 2017
— Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale) January 28, 2017
And the win made this cute girl happy:
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) January 28, 2017
Michael Jordan (you might have heard of him) had a gift ready for Serena’s big day:
ESPN presents Serena Williams with a special box set & letter from Michael Jordan with the NikeCourt Flare AJ1 + a black and pink AJ1 pic.twitter.com/DfonrTInaC
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 28, 2017
Serena’s dad, Richard, amazingly predicted this kind of success years ago:
Every prediction Richard Williams made in 1992 about his daughters Venus (then 12 years old) and Serena (11) turned out to be true.
— Facts About Africa (@OnlyAfricaFacts) January 28, 2017
Saturday’s big victory raises the question: Is Serena the best women’s tennis player ever?
Nike sure thinks so:
Great Serena Williams tribute by Nike. They didn't forget Venus. Nicely done. pic.twitter.com/WvlJY1IlNI
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) January 28, 2017
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim thinks so, too:
You could have made the case years ago, that Serena is the best ever. But now? Case closed. She gets bonus points for longevity—she’s now won majors spanning 18 years and six presidential terms.
If anyone still dared to argue anymore, even in private company, that Serena Williams and Steffi Graf both remained in the running for best female tennis player ever before this match, this history-making night at the Australian Open should quash any whisper of that debate, from the barbershops in Compton, California, all the way to the beer halls lining the town squares in Graf’s German hometown of Mannheim, and everywhere in between. That discussion is over. Now and forever.
Fox Sports’ Chris Chase isn’t ready to name Serena as G.O.A.T., and he makes some strong points:
If Martina (Navratilova) and Chris (Evert) wouldn’t have skipped a dozen tournaments, Serena still might chasing them. Next, and biggest, is the level of competition. Navratilova had Evert (and others). Serena had herself. … Even with title No. 23, Serena’s career, and those years of relative struggles and apathy and inconsistency, doesn’t stack up to Martina’s or, possibly, Chrissie’s.
Chrissie doesn’t agree:
— Rajeev Goenka (@rajeevbfy) January 28, 2017
Not me!!!!! https://t.co/3HTNKVtB8E
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) January 28, 2017
What do you think? Is Serena the best women’s tennis player of all-time?