Serena Williams’ story over the last 14 months continues to be nothing but inspirational.
First, we learned that she won the 2017 Australian Open while she was almost five months pregnant. After giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., she told the world that she almost died during childbirth.
Since settling into Motherhood, she returned to the tennis court, debuting her black Nike catsuit at the French Open, and even made it all the way to the Wimbledon Finals before losing to Angelique Kerber. While she may not have won her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title yet, Serena continues to inspire and thrill fans worldwide.
But with success comes hate, and sure enough, it arrived again this week, this time in the form of a “random” drug test. The drug test is not the surprise here. The real gag is that it’s her SIXTH test of 2018. The Compton native has never tested positive for PEDs in her 23-year career but seems to be targeted by the powers that be. While the champ remains in good spirits, Serena told the Twitter world how she felt.
She’s ain’t sweating it.
and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive
“Out of all the players its been proven Im the one getting tested the most.” tweeted Williams. “Discrimination? I think so. At least Ill be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive”
The USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency), attempted to validate their decision to target Serena again, stating: “USADA retains the right to test any athlete at any time and may target test athletes as USADA deems appropriate.”
While they definitely have that right, it’s seems extremely suspicious when you consider that 2018 tourney winners Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Kerber have yet to be tested, while Sloane Stephens (another black woman) has been tested once. Even Serena’s faux rival and known PED user player, Maria Sharapova, hasn’t been tested once during the season.
With this in mind, how could you argue against her claims of discrimination? Answer is, you can’t.
While this is frustrating, knowing Serena she’ll use this latest example of hate to destroy the competition at the upcoming 2018 US Open, where she’ll probably tie the record for Grand Slam singles titles and solidify her status as the all-time GOAT in tennis.