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Wimbledon: She did it, and on tennis’ most hallowed ground ! – Tola Adenle

July 9, 2016

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Serena’s most ardent fans always knew that this day would come but did not know when “this day” would be.

And what better place than at Wimbledon, the stage of her last triumph at slams, the place that has always shown the form of tennis that she and older sister, Venus brought to the women’s game.

Her 22nd slam, one for the records, ties Steffi Graf’s record which has taken her through her home slam, the US Open, the Australian Open and the French.

And cheering her on were members of her family and the First Couple of showbiz, Jay-Z and Beyonce.

To Serena and Angelique Kerber, it’s congratulations because she was toe to toe with Serena. I’m sure Angelique’s single Australian Open victory will soon get additions. Hei, you are only 28 and still have many more years to strut your stuff.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016. 2:59 p.m. [GMT]

 

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6 Comments on “Wimbledon: She did it, and on tennis’ most hallowed ground ! – Tola Adenle”

  1. Latif Opawoye Says:

    I am sure the doubting Thomases will still deny her all the credits she deserves. We are all very proud of her achievements for the past 18 years and being Number 1 since 2013 while the Number 2 spot has changed more than 20 times.

    Hail the QUEEN OF TENNIS!

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  2. Remi Omodele Says:

    Great news to wake up to in Cali–north and south. On a day like this, we’re one! Hope (for Venus’ sake!!!) she takes the doubles as well! What a sweet Cali sweep that would be! The world’s #8 largest economy, maybe we can begin our push for secession! :))).

    On Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 8:01 AM, emotanafricana.com wrote:

    > emotan77 posted: ” Google Images Serena’s most ardent fans always > knew that this day would come but did not know when “this day” would be. > And what better place than at Wimbledon, the stage of her last triumph at > slams, the place that has always ” >

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Remi,

      Thanks very much. Oh, yes, we all are tennis fans and experts, at least for a day, and what a day that was! I’m just getting to answering comments – Monday after – a few of which are on subjects from quite a while back which means I have to go back and forth.

      We both do know, therefore, that Venus and Serena did win one, again, to add to their many doubles, including a bunch at Wimbledon.

      It’s congratulations to the sisters.

      Greetings,
      TOLA.

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  3. Timothy Otunla Says:

    Happy for Serena pity Kerberos ruined our party and dream of another history making All Williams on the alter of All England….. One more to keep her high ip on the list for at least twenty years.,,#23. Interviewer on BBC asked Serena why there are no Africans in the circuit and I asked if the Williamses were not more than enough.( no answer) All the same it would be good if the sisters could support a breeding ground in Nigeria…won’t it? Congratulations. tao

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Tao,

      Enough congrats to go around, and my, what a great treat!

      Serena and Angelique gave tennis fans a very competitive match but in the end, the better woman, the hungrier and the more experienced won. I’m sure, though, that Angelique will still collect more slams. Hei, she’s a whole six years younger than Serena, and as the grand dame said in one of her interviews, if I can do it, anyone can do it! Belief, belief, belief – even if not 22, a slam a year would be a good point to start from.

      I know, dear Ẹgbọn, that suggestion would be a really great idea and a victory for Nigeria’s tennis lovers but let’s slow down a bit, Sir.

      I was aware of the small (by WTA standard) tournament for the “Lord Rumen’s” Tennis Tournament named for and funded by Late Chief Alabi Ajiṣọmọ by the 1980s which, in another country, should by now be at the level of – or better than – the Bucharest Open which qualified for a WTA-level tournament a couple of years ago.

      Since Chief Ajiṣọmọ’s translation in 1999 or 2000, I am not aware of what happened to the annual tournament which I’m sure would probably have to do with the estate of the great man which I read about years ago as being in litigation.

      I also remember that Odizor, the only Nigerian I knew who went as far as becoming a real tennis pro – Onibokun and one or two others were not – rose as per an ATP link I found – to #52 in the world and made $675,673 from both singles and doubles.http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/nduka-odizor/o006/overview

      Now, back to Serena and the hope that she could help develop or resuscitate tennis in Nigeria: how about a wealthy Nigerian tennis fan first picking up where Lord Rumens left off?

      We could then, for example, see how we could find channels to have Serena – even if not playing – being a special guest who could interest younger players just entering the ladies tour to attend The Lord Rumens Lagos Open.

      I watched Vijay Singh (golf) several years ago and was pleasantly surprised to hear him talk of a time she entered a tournament in Lagos, Nigeria on the PGA lower-tier stops. Whatever happened to that stop now that there are even quite few Golf Clubs?

      For a baby to be picked up in one Yoruba saying, that baby must, at least, show he/she could lift up the arms.

      Ẹ ṣe, Sir, for sending me on a search that yielded the few info here.

      Greetings, Sir,
      TOLA.

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