Not even using hyperbole here.
Like, she's better than any man at any sport right now.
Forget tennis for a moment, though: when I say the greatest athlete in a generation, I mean the greatest in any sport. Sorry, LeBron. Sorry, Tiger. Sorry, Derek. For fifteen years, over two generations of tennis, Williams has been a spectacular and constant yet oddly uncherished national treasure. She is wealthy and famous, but it seems that she should be more famous, the most famous. Anyone who likes sports should love Williams’s dazzling combination of talent, persistence, style, unpredictability, poise, and outsized, heart-on-her-sleeve flaws.
I'm not really into sports, but I've of course heard of Serena Williams. But I did not know that she'd recently won her 20th Grand Slam title (don't know what that is but she's apparently scored two more in less than a year). I also didn't know that she'd won her first U.S. Open at the age of 17. Now she's 32 and still kicking ass despite the fact that most male athletes by that point have crapped out.
This black woman is an incredible example of human athleticism. Why isn't she more recognized in our society?
Haha just kidding.