Or, with her , , win over Alison Riske in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Tuesday, perhaps a certain Jay-Z lyric is more appropriate for this moment: I guess I got my swagger back. The essay and unretouched photos are live on harpersbazaarus. Link in bio. Photographed by alexilubomirski Hair by vernonfrancois Makeup by tyronmachhausen Styling by menamorado. This year has not been easy for Williams,
The Incomparable Serena Williams
The Incomparable Serena Williams - WSJ
Verbally abusing an official in sport is never OK, it is easy to agree on that. Most also agree that the offences were punishable by the letter of the law, albeit that the law is not always evenly applied and plenty of luminaries — from Chris Evert to Billie Jean King — have questioned whether the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, could have dialled down the drama with a warning rather than firing shots at the first offence. The bigger question is whether tennis has a problem with women — and with black women in particular. The frequency with which the sport seems to castigate the sex it took so long to equally recognise and remunerate is alarming. Williams, more often than not, bears the brunt of that. Now this.
Queen Serena: The power and the glory
As one of the greatest athletes of all time, Serena Williams has overcome misogyny and racism with inspirational fortitude and grace. Now that she is combining her return to Wimbledon with life as a new mother, after a traumatic birth that nearly killed her, she talks to Lydia Slater about sisterhood, self-acceptance and staying strong. In the flesh, her physical presence is almost overwhelming. Her hair is swept away from her face, which, bare of make-up, reveals a heavy-lidded, Nefertiti-esque beauty. Skin-tight black leggings and a fishnet tee cling to her muscled frame, and over her broad shoulders she has slung an army camouflage jacket, graffitied in fuchsia pink with the legend 'Queen.
Williams had tried to play through the pain but ended up falling to her knees, crying out in agony. She walked off no less majestic, waving in tears as the crowd rose in a standing ovation. I was too. Every time Serena Williams suffers a setback, it physically hurts my heart. It crushes me when my fellow year-old loses to the also fantastic year-old Naomi Osaka.