Saturday , January 23 2021

Serena Williams is the GQ Woman of the Year of 2018, cover ignites the questions of Twitter



Serena Williams was at the center of one of the most polarizing sports moments of 2018, when she criticized referee Carlos Ramos as a "thief" during her loss of the US Open to Naomi Osaka.

She is also the woman of the year 2018, according to GQ.

A 23-time Grand Slam champion who returned to court this year after the birth of his daughter in September 2017, Williams appeared on the cover of the magazine this week. The 37-year-old was named alongside actors Henry Golding, Jonah Hill and Michael B. Jordan as part of GQ's Men and Women of the Year honors.

Williams' cover in particular provoked some controversy because it included the title of Woman of the Year with "Woman" in quotes – a move that GQ claims to be purely artistic, but some consider it disrespectful to Williams. The cover lettering was handwritten by designer Virgil Abloh, who uses quotation marks in his drawings. Abloh teamed up with Nike and Williams for their US Open outfit that included "Serena" in quotes from their coaches and "Logo" in their tutu dress.

Quite apart, honor places Serena as a permanent icon of her sport, even after one of the most controversial points of her career.

The six-time US Open champion was bedridden for six weeks after pregnancy in 2017 and had a difficult start in 2018, suffering early departures earlier this year. Then she withdrew from a French Open fight with Maria Sharapova due to a pectoral injury and entered Wimbledon with only a ranking of No. 25 despite six career victories there. Williams finished the year on a climb, however, advancing to the Wimbledon final and then doing the same at the US Open.

In August she easily topped Forbes' list female athletes with the best salaries, confirming their value as one of the best-selling names in the sport.


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