“Appreciate Her Unwavering Grace”: Michelle Obama Lauds Serena Williams for Undaunted Performance at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/19/2021, 2:03 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott


It was a heartbreaking moment for fans when Naomi Osaka eliminated Serena Williams from the Australian Open 2021. Williams played well at the Slam and even defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep there. However, she stood nowhere against the mighty Osaka and lost in straight sets in the semi-final.

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Recently, former US President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle Obama praised Serena Williams for her splendid performance at the Australian Open 2021. She also appreciated the 23-time Grand Slam champion for her honesty on and off the court. She posted about Williams on her Instagram and wrote that she has always admired her.

“I’ve always admired the honesty that Serena Williams brings to everything she does. Whether on or off the court, she carries herself with the kind of authenticity you can only tap into if you know exactly who you are and what you deserve.

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“It’s clear this next generation of tennis stars, including the sensational Naomi Osaka have taken that example to heart,” wrote Michelle Obama on her Instagram post.

Michelle believes that Serena is a source of great inspiration not just for fans but also for young tennis stars like Naomi Osaka. She also remarked that she would want to continue watching both the players in the future as well.

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“What a joy to see these two powerful women”- Michelle Obama on Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

The former first lady highlighted that it was a joy to watch both Osaka and Williams compete yesterday at the Australian Open 2021. She also wrote that even though Williams didn’t win the match, she still appreciates her for her unwavering grace.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette

“What a joy to see these two powerful women compete on such a grand stage yesterday. And while I know the outcome wasn’t what Serena Williams was hoping for. I just want to say I appreciate her unwavering grace through it all.

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“Our journeys are never a straight line. And I look forward to watching both Naomi Osaka’s and Serena Williams’ continue to unfold,” added Michelle Obama.

Michelle is evidently a fan of both the athletes and wants to see more of their tennis. Although Williams is out of the tournament, Naomi Osaka will play against Jennifer Brady in the final of the Australian Open 2021 tomorrow.

Although Osaka will begin as the favorite, she’ll surely not take the challenge that Brady will pose lightly. Will Osaka be able to get her hands on her fourth Grand Slam title tomorrow?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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