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Why Serena Williams’ Serve Dominates Tennis


Tally up all the Grand Slam championships won by current WTA players, and you’ll notice that nearly half belong to just one person: Serena Williams. In fact, Serena is one
of the most successful tennis players of all time. And that’s in large part
thanks to her iconic serve. You can break Serena’s
serve into four parts. The acceptance window
is the area of the court where the ball has to land in
order for the serve to count. It’s determined by the minimum angle for the ball to clear the net and the maximum angle
for it to land inbounds. So, you can see here that the height at which you hit the ball
makes a big difference. Chang Kee Jung: As
taller you are, you have more acceptance window. Imagine Yao Ming learns to play tennis, and if he hits the serve, he will have a huge acceptance window. Narrator: Serena isn’t
nearly as tall as Yao, and she’s not even among the tallest female tennis players out there. But she makes up for it. Chang: So, Serena Williams
does exceptionally well. At the position when she hits, her arms are fully stretched and then she has a little bit of jump. Narrator: The stretch
and jump boost the height at which she hits the ball, increasing her acceptance window and ultimately improving her chances of hitting it inbounds. Now, Serena isn’t the only
player who extends on the serve. But, according to experts,
she is much more consistent. And it pays off. Over the last 10 years, she’s won 82% of the
games that she served. That’s a whopping 11% higher than the average of the
top 20 female players over the same time frame. But, of course, serving the ball inbounds is just the first step. What gets her all of those wins is the fact that she makes her serves extremely difficult to return. That’s where power and topspin come in. Serena’s power serve is one
of the fastest in the game, averaging 170 kilometers per hour. That’s about 12 kilometers per hour faster than the average female
professional tennis player. Now, part of that speed is
the result of pure strength. Chang: Serena Williams, you can just see she has, like, incredible,
lean, muscular body, so she can generate a
huge amount of force. Narrator: But what really sets
Serena’s power serve apart is her timing. To maximize power on the serve, tennis players will bend their knees, rotate and drop the hip, lower the shoulder, and, most importantly, twist at the trunk. In other words, they use their whole body to gain as much velocity
behind the serve as possible. But none of that matters
if you don’t hit the ball at the exact moment when
your arm is at full reach and your body’s in mid-swing. In tennis, this is called fluidity. And Serena is often credited with the most fluid serve in the sport. Chang: There will be no jerky motions. You will smoothly hit the
ball with maximum power. Narrator: But there’s a
catch to these power serves. Yes, they’re fast, but the velocity narrows the acceptance window, making them less reliable. That’s why Serena also uses
topspin to her advantage, usually when her first power
serve goes out of bounds. Now, topspin serves are slower. For example, Serena’s
average topspin serve is about 145 kilometers per hour, 25 kilometers per hour
slower than her power serve. But topspin serves are more accurate and still difficult to return. That’s because the topspin on the ball forces it to drop sharply right before it reaches the opponent. That change in movement
is thanks to a phenomenon called the Magnus effect. As the ball spins through the air, it creates a pocket of lower
pressure underneath it. And it’s that low pressure that makes the ball drop abnormally fast, catching many opponents off guard. But Serena’s second serve is
not the fastest in the game. Maria Sharapova, for example, will fire her second serve at
about 150 kilometers per hour. But Sharapova sacrifices
accuracy for speed here. For comparison, Serena
has scored, on average, 2 1/2 fewer double faults per match than Sharapova over the last 10 years. Chang: So, she combines the first serve, of high speed, which is
a little bit more risky, but her second serve is safer. However, it has a high topspin,
and it’s awkward to return. And combining these two,
she becomes excellent, excellent service player. Narrator: Meaning she
scores more aces on average. An ace is a successful serve that the opponent’s racket cannot reach and therefore doesn’t return. Over the last 10 years, Serena has recorded
four more aces per match than the average top 20 WTA players. Last, but not least, is the coup de grâce of Serena’s serve: disguise. Chang: Another exceptional quality is her ability to serve the ball without telling the opponent what kind of serve she will make. Narrator: Check out this ball toss. Normally, the way a player tosses the ball will give their opponent a clue
as to what serve is coming. But not Serena. She tosses the ball to the same spot, with the same body position, every single time. Her toss is so consistent and smooth that she manages something most others find impossible to replicate. She can disguise the serve. So, Serena could be about
to deliver a topspin serve, a power serve, or even a slice serve. Yet the opponent has no way
of knowing what’s coming. Chang: These things are all disguised until the very last moment. And that makes Serena Williams’ serve exceptionally difficult to return. So, for as long as Serena is competing, these three words have
the power to strike fear into many pro players’ hearts:

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. 33ladyRAM Posted on September 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    cool video thank you for sharing👏👏👏🌷🌷😘

    Reply
  2. Stefano Patton Posted on September 3, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Please win.

    Reply
  3. RomeoAlpha Posted on September 4, 2019 at 5:52 am

    What a weird accent

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  4. Jumaane ROBINSON SR Posted on September 4, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Why'd they compare her to that steroid dog…she can't hold a candle to Serena

    Reply
  5. Wilma Phillips Posted on September 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Her experience, good health, and strength best ever tennis player.

    Reply
  6. #DreamCeline Posted on September 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Phenomenal ❤️

    Reply
  7. Lo Posted on September 4, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    This isn't about race but duh..When you have genetics and passion-you can be the best. Her sister is good too.

    Reply
  8. Brad rawsner Posted on September 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    She dominates against weak competition. But when a smarter and faster player like Halep comes along? She gets ass raped.

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  9. Brad rawsner Posted on September 4, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Two facts.
    Steffi graf faced much better HOF competition.
    And, despite facing much better HOF competition, steffi still had a higher career winning percentage.
    That speaks volumes.
    Steffi not only faced much better opponents, but maintained a higher career winning percentage to boot.
    That's why steffi is the GOAT.
    Serena usually faces crap opponents.
    Then when a smarter faster player like Halep comes along?
    Serena gets ass raped.

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  10. Brad rawsner Posted on September 4, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I've studied tennis for 45 years now.
    Played it as well.
    And steffi graf is the GOAT.
    Serena benefits from facing much weaker competition.
    And when a smarter faster player like Halep comes along? Serena gets her ass raped.
    Steffi faced much better HOF competition. The game had much more depth of talent during steffi's era.
    Women from all over the world with mad skills.
    And, what makes it even more amazing, is that even though steffi faced much better HOF competition?
    Steffi was able to maintain a higher career winning percentage as well.
    That's why steffi is the GOAT.
    The majority of the time, steffi faced a multiple slam winner in the finals. While serena usually faces a girl who never even made the final of a slam
    That's very very telling.
    Now, when a faster smarter player like Halep comes along? She ass raped serena.
    Anyone who doesn't understand that, is a low IQ sheep.

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  11. Island Girl Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    That's why she is the champion winner

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  12. Anthony West Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    SERENA WILLIAMS!

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  13. Torpedo Of Truth Posted on September 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Her lips…

    Her hips…

    Her TALENT IS UNMATCHED! QUEEN! 👑❤

    #Supremacy

    Reply
  14. Angie Smith Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:28 am

    SERENA WILLIAMS BRAVO 👏🏼 G.O.A.T 👸💯☝️🗯 GREATEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD 🌎

    Reply
  15. Michellewazhere Posted on September 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    SO INTERESTING!!!!! Brings a new level of amazement for the GOAT

    Reply
  16. B M-Y Posted on September 5, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Before the shoulder injury, Sharapova's serve at 17-19 was even better than Serena's at 23-24. Serena couldn't live with it.

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  17. Martin Balber Posted on September 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Dominates FEMALE tennis ! Please be correct.

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  18. The TruthHurts Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    The WS game is studied like ART & Chemistry. Its funny how WANGS Coach wrote the New serena off like an old washed up player who was going to get beaten by Wang and the out come…Serena dragged Wang all over and around on that court like a lifeless ragdoll with no chance to breath lol Wang had to be taken off the court on a stretcher with her coaches foot in her mouth LMAOOOO Wang got served an old fashion classic violent BEAT DOWN by the NEW Serena Williams. Next time, #DontPissTheQueenOffMF

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  19. TennisF3ver Posted on September 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Very good analysis on the serving technique of S.Williams. By the way @2:05, this person has not played tennis until yesterday xD… anybody can ace her, let alone Serena

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  20. Neil Aquino Posted on September 6, 2019 at 3:28 am

    WILLIAMS TO SERVE

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  21. Mick H Posted on September 6, 2019 at 3:56 am

    A simple DNA test will give you the best answer

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  22. Raiders BlackHole Posted on September 6, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Serena's serve is easy to return, if I played her it would be 6-1 6-1 me easily over her

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  23. Bryan Martin Posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Very interesting video, but there is NO WAY that Serena averages ONLY 2.5 fewer double faults per match than SHARAPOVA. Sharapova ROUTINELY hits 10+ double faults per match, sometimes MUCH higher. Serena routinely hits 5 or fewer, obviously a couple of mild outliers but even 5 is considered high for her. I’d like to see a citation or source for their calculation, bc it sounds DEAD WRONG.

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  24. Still i rise Posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Yesterday it was 180, on us open

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  25. Macreviewz Posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:58 am

    She's an out-of-shape old did way too much time bulking up. How she even stands a chance is beyond me cuz it's more like saggy tissue not Firm like the other proper athletes

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  26. Sean Shimamoto Posted on September 6, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Her dad taught them how to serve by throwing footballs. Yes, Richard Williams gave them footballs and had them throw them thousands of times! I think it was genius that he realized that it’s the exact same motion.

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  27. Raphaël D Posted on September 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Pure facts : she has been drug-tested multiple time, and multiple time she was above the autorized limits, but was never declared positive because she has "medical exemptions" allowing her to take them. Without these exemptions she would have been banned for doping.

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  28. Learn Gematria! Posted on September 6, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Because Serena is a man with high testosterone!

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  29. kris morales Posted on September 6, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    go my girl serena go go go beat that drama queen ….goodluck and god bless

    Reply
  30. Hever Morales Posted on September 6, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    What about drugs that she might or should've been taking like Steroids cz she's so strong as a man that why she does have a tremendous service. Is there any doping control in tennis? Thanks

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  31. roberto ramos Posted on September 6, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Serena Power Williams💪❤💙

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  32. Daily Read Posted on September 6, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Let the haters say AMEN.

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  33. O 285 Posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:27 am

    He is just an average player playing on the WTA. Richard Williams is a genius, raising a little boy as a little girl. A fake pregnancy and an arranged mariage will fool a lot of people who believe everything they see and hear in the media, but not me.

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  34. myfriend280 Posted on September 7, 2019 at 3:09 am

    The steroids probably help.

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  35. Probable Truth Posted on September 7, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Yes. Her serve is almost as good as the male players at your local tennis club.

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  36. Olufemi Aruleba Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:38 am

    They really ignored the most important aspect.

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  37. SugarRay2 Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:44 am

    She is a physical specimen compared to other women!

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  38. Sussex Squad Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:54 am

    The fact that people try to say like Margaret court is the GOAT lol how laughable 🤣

    Reply
  39. Asdaw W. Posted on September 7, 2019 at 5:12 am

    Rarely have I seen a woman so ugly that seeing her naked would literally give me nightmares.

    Reply
  40. News that matter Posted on September 7, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Because shes a natural hermaphrodite. It's a well k ow inside fact

    Reply
  41. IKE JONES Posted on September 7, 2019 at 8:59 am

    ⚽️ 🏀 🏈 she has that why

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  42. Chris Posted on September 7, 2019 at 9:05 am

    yes, and the steroids certainly help too. (look up the embolism she had and how it relates to steroid use.)

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  43. V B Posted on September 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Serena patterns here serve after Pete Sampras

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  44. Djordje Nikolic Posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    It's not just serve… everything else in her game

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  45. Djordje Nikolic Posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Dominated tennis for over 10 years? Sorry? It's almost 2 decades…

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  46. Emm Pedno Posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    BECAUSE HE'S A MAN! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqVdGV-N9w0

    Reply
  47. DF Posted on September 7, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Lol Bianca actually thinks she can be better than her. Guurrll, think again😂😂😂

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  48. Leland Judsyn Posted on September 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Serve was the worst part of her game today. Canada dominates her.

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  49. Blue. Grey. OM Posted on September 8, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Not anymore! LMAO!!! Congrats Bianca!!!

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  50. Jace Woods Posted on September 8, 2019 at 1:08 am

    It's let her down more often now

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  51. Francois L-T Posted on September 8, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Her service was not working today lol (vs Bianca at the US open)….

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  52. Jed Honrado Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:21 am

    {{Subtitle}} "Why she's doomed if her serve is off."

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  53. Elisha Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Why? "She" is a MAN, that's why! Male brow ridge, forehead, shoulders and torso. Science doesn't lie and the next most egregious deception after the philosophical delusion of Darwinism.

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  54. cbmtrx Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Yeah this vid didn't age well.

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  55. Colin Roche Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:43 am

    well she got destroyed today by a 19 year old

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  56. Round Robin Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Why Serena's serve did NOT dominate today……….THERE, I fixed it for you.

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  57. guezcisco Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Not today Bianca schooled her for the second time.

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  58. Mrs. Phyllis Stephens Posted on September 8, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Not today!

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  59. Mike Johnson Posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Did ya watch the US Open, 2019? Not too much power serving there, huh?

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  60. saigonbond Posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:27 am

    "Hold my U.S. Open trophy." –Bianca Andreescu

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  61. Ishmael Cato Posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Serena sadly is too old to be playing a young woman's sport. It's a testament to her grind and work ethic that she is still winning at the highest levels of the game. Woman's tennis is dominated by women in their 20's or younger. Serena is now 37 and just had a child. Her body is not the same as it was when she was in her prime. Biana Andreescu is 19 and has athletic abilities that Serena has lost due to father time and motherhood. Father time is the ultimate downfall of all champions.

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  62. CateDoge Posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Amazing athlete. And to think that male tennis players that can't win slams can win against her easily. The gap is real.

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  63. ThePaul Steezo Posted on September 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

    And the foot faults that are NEVER CALLED….

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  64. dub16100 Posted on September 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Probably because she’s got more natural testosterone than most men.

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  65. zi paris Posted on September 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    'Cause she's built like a Mack truck.

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  66. Caleb Hong Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    this didnt age well

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  67. Roberto Garcia Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    But she lost?

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  68. Mason Starling Posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Bullshit. Serena Williams hasn't won anything for almost three years now. And I mean ANYTHING. There was a pregnancy in between, sure. But she is not the first to come back after that (e.g. Davenport). However, she is not dominating anything anymore. She used to, yes. But not anymore. Sorry, but wrong video for 2019.

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  69. John V Posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    It helps if you have excessive male hormones.

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  70. hammertlme Posted on September 8, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Very quality video

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  71. jose miranda Posted on September 9, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Love how tennis ignores that Serena is obviously being helped by performance enhancing drugs. Just look at venus, its what she should look like, the tennis association chooses to ignore it, because serena is a big draw and money maker.

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  72. NachoGrimoldi Posted on September 9, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Dominates female tennis….

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  73. it's GO TIME!!! 33 Posted on September 9, 2019 at 2:27 am

    I know why her we dominates the woman's game. It's becausHey man if this doesn't work out I have an avase array of old sex toys from the past. I can break them down and build my own tree house outta them. I think that's a good ideae she isn't a she. It's a he and there are many many trannies in sports and Hollywood. The deception is real folks

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  74. Johhny Stoka Posted on September 9, 2019 at 3:27 am

    It is a mans serve .

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  75. Sacred Atheist Posted on September 9, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Change the deceiving title, her serve dominates'' women's'' tennis, not tennis. ''Tennis'' is a male-dominated sport, as are all other sports.

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  76. Mike Barksdale Posted on September 9, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I figured the answer was, "Because her penis is bigger than everyone else in tennis".

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  77. Jayakumar CC Posted on September 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Sereena I l u sister

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  78. Zobie Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Lol. I don't think anybody who worked on this video has ever played tennis.

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  79. Common Dirtbagz Posted on September 10, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Except she hasn’t won in three years

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  80. Captain Plaintiff Posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:11 am

    because Sereena williams is a guy !

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  81. John Goulet Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    She's built like a linebacker. Nuff said.

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  82. TOPSHELFMIKE Posted on September 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I appreciate this video, Thanks for the lesson.

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  83. New Generation Posted on September 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    The serve is faultless ..simple technique but so damn effective

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  84. Bob L Posted on September 11, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    She has a great serve,but this title obviously was written before she didn't dominate Bianca with her serve!

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  85. vasDcrak Gaming Posted on September 12, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Mullet Korean had me laughing

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  86. Noah Namey Posted on September 12, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Time for a change of the guard…

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  87. Bob McRae Posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Serena is a has been. All hail to Bianca!

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  88. JaySlay Animations Posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Lot of Graff fans here they hate serena for one raison only

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  89. nemanja99 Posted on September 15, 2019 at 2:35 am

    LOL her serve was dominated in the US Open final

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  90. phoebe juli Posted on September 16, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Playing tennis on the Wii

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  91. Alex Pineo Posted on September 22, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Cause she’s a man, I just saved u 6:41 seconds

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  92. Eric Lewis Posted on September 25, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Imaging Serena punching you do dear you would have to be ready to go night night. She’s an absolute beast her build is scary so powerful.

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  93. NDRAMSMOOTH Posted on September 26, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hmmmm, seems everyone here is tip toeing around the fact that the serve is so powerful because its being delivered by a MAN.

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  94. Nate Hamilton Posted on October 10, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Well she's a guy so

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  95. Bob Smithers Posted on October 13, 2019 at 6:39 am

    "That is a Man", People !
    …how can just about everyone not see this ?
    Look at the size of this GUY !
    …and those Bikini shots ??
    NO WOMEN HIPS !

    Reply
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