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Twitter reaction to Serena Williams’ French Open win over Maria Sharapova

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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova share a smile during the trophy ceremony (Petr David Josek/AP)

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova share a smile during the trophy ceremony (Petr David Josek/AP)

In the high-profile, big-stakes battle between the WTA’s top two players, Serena Williams secured her 16th Slam title Saturday, defeating Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 to win her second French Open. The 31-year-old No. 1 has won three of the last four Slams and became the oldest woman to win at Roland Garros in the Open Era.

Her 16 major titles leads all active women and she’s just two behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for fourth place on the all-time list (Margaret Court has 24). Among active players, she’s now just one behind Roger Federer’s mark of 17 Slam titles. She’ll have a great chance to catch him when Wimbledon begins in two weeks.

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Here’s a sampling of the Twitter reaction to Serena’s dominant win.

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  • Published On Jun 08, 2013
  • 15 comments
    dianejholder2
    dianejholder2

    In the past few days I am finally seeing articles that recognize Serena for the amazing athlete she is, and which ask why American media and American Fans root for foreign players over this living Legend.  Nike an American company pays Sharapova a Russian player twice as much as Williams, it is embarrassing.

    I watched a video recently that showed Serena as she played, close up and was amazed at just how beautiful it is to watch her play, it was like listening to a symphony, or seeing a masterpiece, you don't have to be an expert to recognize that kind of beauty, your soul just responds to it.

    I recently compiled a number of statistics on various players past and present, what is amazing is 1) how many matches people like Natravilova or Evert played and 2) just how economically efficient Serena is.  If you look at how many more Grand Slams Martina, and Chris played compared to Serena and then see that they only have 2 more than Serena is remarkable in many ways.

    Serena is also improving towards the end of her career, something which neither of the two former greats did, both playing as many years, but peaking much earlier.

    Serena is the highest payed female athlete in the world, the only one to make it on the Forbes 100 list, not because of endorsements (Li Na and Sharapova are the other two) but because of her on court abilities.  And yest some silly Americans sit there and disrespect her.  She is out there with the big boys competing money wise with ability alone and not relying on endorsements based on looks or popularity.  Women especially should be proud and supportive rather than trying to bring her down, especially considering where she and her sister came from, what they have had to deal with and what they have done for tennis and especially for American tennis.

    kageglantz
    kageglantz

    Someone tell Richard Ingham Evans, whoever that is, that Martina won Wimbledon at 33 (and a doubles slam at 46).

    TheSteelGeneral
    TheSteelGeneral

     @@TiffanyWhite Well, of course you redneck teabaggers are bigger experts on drugs than the WTA, ITF and the Olympic Committee (3 Olypics!), what with all the meth you're sniffing. Funny how you never asked that about Stosur, Kirilenko, Azarenka, Henin ... oh wait, they are WHITE and BLONDE!

    TiffanyWhite
    TiffanyWhite

    How are the steroids treating you Serena???

    dianejholder2
    dianejholder2

    A few years ago Serena wrote this in her autobiography "On The Line:

    "The general consensus was that I was a big, fat cow. That's what I kept hearing. My best days on the tour were behind me. They said I was a lost soul who'd been away from the game for too long to get back to the top. My first thought was, 'Moo'." 

    She ignored them all, went back to the drawing board, worked hard and proved them wrong.  That is the signature of a true Champion. 

    Respect to Sharapova, who goes into every match with Serena with the conviction that she can win, that is also the signature of a true Champion.

    On a lighter note, when I look at the pictures of all the losses of Maria to Serena I can't help putting thought bubbles over their heads (Serena's says "This is sooo much fun") (Sharapova's says "I hate her!")

    yhaldaneahaldane
    yhaldaneahaldane

    there is rivalry in every competition, but must we, the fans ,stoop to such levels of hate and disdain for  the sake of just saying something and not be honest in our love and adoration for out  players.? After all these  sports  players have spent a lifetime of playing, playing and playing to achieve the levels when they compete. One will win and one will lose> Celebrate the victor and commiserate the vanquished. It's life. bravo S

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    WIMBLEDON IS NEXT! Gooooooooooo SERENA!!

    brodney199
    brodney199

    @TiffanyWhite Disgusting bitch! please die of cancer and head straight to hell. you don't have to lke Serena to appreciate what's she's doing for thee sport and women globally

    dldesir3030
    dldesir3030

    @TiffanyWhite Comments like that is why people from other countries call us "ugly americans"...you just quantify both meanings...

    C-LO585
    C-LO585

    That was a stupid comment. She is the only American representing us and you put that. Me being a veteran, them playing the anthem made me proud and I would think it would make you proud...#giveserenaherprops