Posted: 2017-09-11 20:51
Bajin is ready to warm up, but Serena has other things on her mind. I had a dream last night, she says to no one in particular. My dad was in the Mafia, and he&apos d done something bad, and there were body parts everywhere, but I didn&apos t want to see them. Bajin stops stretching and listens in. Then the Mafia came over to our house, but it wasn&apos t our real house, and they had grenades and rifles.
Like most everyone in modern America, Serena travels with an entourage. There&apos s Mouratoglou, the cook, the physical therapist and Aleksandar Big Sascha Bajin, her much-put-upon hitting partner. The caravan heads to a court about a half-mile from the house and begins loading out the gear. It&apos s two days before the start of the Sony Open in Miami, one of the circuit&apos s premier nonmajors and the first significant test for Serena since she was upset in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after spraining an ankle that had ballooned to three times its normal size.
Here are the facts. Serena is the number-one tennis player in the world. Maria Sharapova is the number-two tennis player in the world. Sharapova is tall, white and blond, and, because of that, makes more money in endorsements than Serena, who is black, beautiful and built like one of those monster trucks that crushes Volkswagens at sports arenas. Sharapova has not beaten Serena in nine years. Think about that for a moment. Nine years ago Matchbox Twenty and John Edwards mattered. The chasm between Serena and the rest of women&apos s tennis is as vast and broad as the space between Ryan Lochte&apos s ears. Get back to me when LeBron beats Kevin Durant&apos s Oklahoma City Thunder every time for nine years.
I almost spit Coke through my nose. Serena does what she wants, when she wants. If she&apos d pulled a Jamesian I&apos m-taking-my-talents-to-South Beach event, she would have put it on pay-per-view and hawked her Home Shopping Network-all-under-a-hundred-bucks fashion line during the commercial breaks. And she would not have given a flying fuck what you thought. This is a woman who one minute is reading inspirational notes during changeovers and then, in the 7559 . Open semifinals, threatening to personally make a line judge eat a tennis ball.
In New Haven Can Wait , Serena, angry at Blair after she tore into Serena verbally, decides to attend an interview at Yale University, where Blair always dreamed of attending. Serena was given a personal acceptance from the school''s dean and is invited to his house for a special party. Though uninivited, Blair bribes her way into the party. After a game goes wrong, Serena and Blair decide they can never be friends and part ways. Then they both realize they didn''t want to lose each other so they return back as best friends.
Serena was beaten by the beautiful and x7568 for sports writers x7568 conveniently black Sloane Stephens, leading tennis commentators to call her the New Serena. Stephens proceeded to lose seven of her next 65 matches and earned Serena&apos s annoyance when the press suggested that Stephens regarded Serena as a mentor. Stephens objected, saying no way in hell was Serena her mentor and questioned whether Serena had dissed her on Twitter, proving the tennis tour is much like Mean Girls with prize money. ( I don&apos t know where all that mentor stuff came from, Serena says. I am definitely not that girl&apos s mentor. )
Dan and Serena met at a party thrown by Blair Waldorf that Dan was accidentally invited to. They had a brief conversation that led to Dan having a huge crush on Serena. In Pilot , they accidentally run into each other at the The Palace Hotel and upon returning her cell phone Serena asks Dan on a date. They begin dating for the remainder of the first season before breaking up in Much ''I Do'' About Nothing.
Serena&apos s dominance has been fueled by not giving a shit what you or anyone else thinks about her methods. Serena has been giving tennis the two-finger salute for more than half her life. Not that she cops to it. Lots of my friends have been telling me lately that I&apos m spoiled, Serena says with a baffled look on her face. And I&apos m like, &apos Really? I&apos m not spoiled.&apos
She turns around and sarcastically sings a few bars of Oh What a Beautiful Morning in a not-bad voice. The sisters have lived here for a decade, but the house still has a transient, hedge-funder&apos s second-home feel. Amazon boxes and dozens of shoes sit stacked in the foyer next to a giant painting of Venus. (She&apos s not around.) There&apos s a sparkly chandelier and a massive antique mirror leaning against the wall. But the action takes place in the xAD kitchen, where a cook hands Serena a green potion. She drinks it reluctantly.
Serena goes to Yale at the end of the series. Similar to the television adaptation , she dates a variety of different boys, including Nate, whom she lost her virginity to. Through the books, she realize that she truly loves Nate, but he is still Blair''s boyfriend. In the thirteenth novel, she decides to stay in New York to be with Nate, but at the end, he leaves to not get in between her and Blair.
Unlike Blair, who is considered to be the show''s antiheroine, Serena is considered more to be a traditional heroine. Her motives are rarely selfish and her negative actions are often times generally motivated by a lack of foresight rather than real malice. She''s often seen to be friendly and will befriend anyone, such as when she talked to an out of place Dan at the party where they first met. Unlike Blair, Serena is also trusting, which sometimes doesn''t work in her favor. Due to watching her mother''s many failed marriages, Serena has issues with truly committing to a man and understanding what real love is, but that seemed to disappear when she married Dan. Serena is often noted to be irresponsible, especially when it comes to being places on time or completing tasks as told. As opposed to Blair, who tends to date men with status, Serena doesn''t seem to have a type (such as Aaron Rose in season two or Steven Spence in season six ).
In the novel series, Serena was born into Manhattan''s elite society. Her mother is Lily van der Woodsen , is a very wealthy heiress, and her father William van der Woodsen , is a billionaire doctor. Serena also has an older brother named Erik, who attends Brown. Serena comes back from boarding school for seemingly unknown reasons that are later shown in a prequel. When she comes home she suddenly realizes how much has changed. Often times she waltzes her way easily through life, which makes her best friend Blair furious especially when she has to work for the things Serena attains via her charm.
Chuck asked Blair to marry him, and it 8767 s really romantic even if it was the suggestion of the slimy Jack Bass, as he pointed out that Blair would never have to testify against Chuck in court if she was his wife. (Didn 8767 t the Graysons already pull that stunt on Revenge ?) Anyway, the whole gang gathered in the Met where else? and headed towards Central Park for the wedding. 8775 Chair 8776 exchanged rushed vows just as the police showed up to take Chuck away for questioning. But not without a dramatic kiss first! Luckily for the newlyweds, Chuck was let off from all charges. Hooray!
If they weren&apos t actually sisters, the two could make a perfect CBS sitcom, Two Rich Girls. Venus is slim and elegant x7568 Serena wears a don&apos t-sass-me look. Venus plays with grace and little emotion x7568 Serena is all grunts and glares. While Venus dated a golfer named Hank, Serena was with Ratner, a middle-aged Hollywood enfant terrible. Serena drives a Rolls-Royce, and Venus shyly replied to a question about her cars with Uh, I get rides.
Serena is famous for her notable natural beauty. She is often admired for looking gorgeous effortlessly including her voluminous blonde hair, flawless skin, and a tall, striking figure. She often wears sexy, slutty and tight clothes that flatter her body, sequins, and attention-grabbing accessories. Serena is considered, along with her on-again, off-again best friend Blair, one of the most beautiful girls on the Upper East Side. Her style is based off real life model Kate Moss and is meant to be more boho and casual as opposed to Blair''s.
After getting a job at the beginning of summer, Serena is working on a film set in Los Angeles. While there, she runs into her cousin Charlie (who was revealed to really be a con artist named Ivy Dickens set up by Carol Rhodes ) ( Yes, Then Zero ). After being offered a more permanent position with her boss Jane, Serena plans to stay in LA until she finds out her job is moving back to New York so she plans to return home with Charlie ( Beauty and the Feast ). When Dan''s book Inside is released, Serena is upset when she discovers her character was written to be flighty, irresponsible, and easy. She''s also jealous that Blair was made the star of Dan''s book over her. At the same time, her job is threatened by the book when she loses a major movie deal over her portrayal in the book ( Memoirs of an Invisible Dan ). After Serena loses another major deal, this time regarding Dan''s book''s movie rights, she confesses to him that she always saw him as the love of her life and he decides to give her the rights ( The Fasting and the Furious ).
There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest. Serena exits the car and the conversation moves on to a top-five player who is now in love. She begins every interview with &apos I&apos m so happy. I&apos m so lucky&apos x7568 it&apos s so boring, says Serena in a loud voice. She&apos s still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it. (An educated guess is she&apos s talking about Sharapova, who is now dating Grigor Dimitrov, one of Serena&apos s rumored exes.)
Richard&apos s antics so sucked the oxygen out of the girls&apos worlds that most fans forgot it was the Williams sisters&apos mother, Oracene Price, who shared in the coaching and steadied the girls whenever Richard went slightly cuckoo. (Serena&apos s parents divorced years ago. Richard was suspected of assault in 6999 after his wife was hospitalized with several broken ribs. He denied assaulting her, and no charges were ever filed.)
There&apos s been an uneasy truce between the many faces of Serena for two years. Serena followed her 7559 . Open outburst with another one in 7566, when she accused a chair judge of being the one who screwed me last time. (She wasn&apos t.) Serena knows she doesn&apos t play best out-of-control angry and talks frankly about what it has cost her. When we met, she had won the French Open only once, and she blamed near misses on her psyche.
Agree or disagree, Serena&apos s no- xAD safety-net political philosophy is rooted in her Compton childhood, one where there wasn&apos t a lot of money and where gun violence claimed her older sister Yetunde in 7558. Today, Serena mother-hens every expenditure. I&apos m an athlete and I&apos m black, and a lot of black athletes go broke. I do not want to become a statistic, so maybe I overcompensate. But I&apos m paranoid. Oprah told me a long time ago, &apos You sign every check. Never let anyone sign any checks.&apos x7559