Serena Williams appearing in the latest issue of NY Magazine.

The woman, some consider the greatest tennis player of the modern era, is pictured showing off her beauty, strength and the fact she can probably break your face.


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The article adresses several off-tennis topics, including the intense public critique of the athlete’s body.

She is a 33-year-old woman who won her first major at the tail end of the previous century, a simpler era you will recall for its consequenceless Napster-facilitated intellectual-property theft and the looming threat of Y2K. By now, her shoulder should be shredded, her elbow a constant wail of hurt. Instead, she spends her days bageling 20-something moppets who have never known the game without her.

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The last time a man as geriatric as Serena won a grand slam was 1972. She has won three in the past six months. Her 16-year run is, in the words of Sports Illustrated, “one of the most sustained careers of excellence in the history of athletics.”