Grammy Winning Rapper Draws Parallel Between Serena Williams and Michael Jordan

Published 09/17/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Eleven. Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine hitting balls to the spectators after the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Tennis legend Serena Williams has had a remarkable and historic career and her influence extends beyond her abilities on the court. The American superstar has experienced success in the various endeavors she has engaged herself in. She continues to be an inspiration for her millions of followers.

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Recently, Oscar and Grammy award winner artist Common reflected on the greatness of Serena Williams. He related the commitment of the NBA’s great Michael Jordan to that of the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. They both wanted to be the best in what they do and lived up to it. 

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Marinko Matosevic of Australia at their men’s singles first round tennis match on second day of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

While speaking to the rapper, he stated, “I feel there were definitely parallels with Serena and Michael Jordan. You know just seeing someone execute certain confidence but also a certain work ethic, determination, and commitment, you could see someone who wanted to be excellent in everything they did and that’s what I saw in Michael Jordan and Serena. She wanted to be excellent in whatever she does. I could see that commitment, determination, and also a passion for the sport.”

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Serena Williams was unimpressive on clay in 2021

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Williams did not have a vintage season, according to her lofty standards. Her best performance came when she reached the semifinal of the Australian Open early this year. After that, she failed to impress with her performances on the clay. She lost in the fourth round of Roland Garros. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Serena Williams of The United States looks on as she practices on the Aorangi Practice Courts during Day One of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC-Pool/Getty Images)

At the Wimbledon Championships, she retired midway after twisting her ankle. It occurred during the initial stages of the opening set. She then decided to skip the US Open due to injury. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back to winning ways as soon as possible. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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