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By Alberto Amalfi | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 
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Serena Williams celebrates her 36th birthday today. We commemorate the occasion with random moments of Serena's amazing acts.

Photo credit: Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Serena Williams has spent her career realizing major achievement.

On and off court, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is in the amazing business.

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In celebration of Serena’s 36th birthday today, here’s some of our favorite moments of amazing acts by the Olympic gold medal champion and new mom.

What other woman on the planet could drop bombs on Novak Djokovic acing one of the greatest returners the game has seen twice in a single game?



Wild versatility—cartwheels, handstands, and an unrelenting bounce to the beat—marked Serena’s bang-up Beyonce tribute in a Vogue video.



She has a love for freestyle footwork and combines the leg strength of a speed skater with the flexibility of a gymnast.





She can look like a super hero on court and operated like one off court chasing down this man who swiped her cell phone from a Chinese restaurant and retrieving the device without conflict.



Because when you practice precision…




…you make the improbable look like target practice.



And can do crazy-cool stuff like this.



Although she owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena is always up for a challenge. Even on a public court. With a borrowed racquet. Wearing boots.






Deep voiced Kader Nouni has been called the Barry White of chair umpires, but Serena was in no mood for soothing duets when the ump urged her to “be more expressive” when challenging. Serena pressed the mute button on Nouni, showing the epic-voiced ump who’s boss.

Best part of this exchange, Serena asking the ball girl holding the umbrella over her: “Do you believe this?”




While I don’t know your skill level, I’ll bet if Serena had to take you out playing lefty, she would.



Or would she?



Serena showed candor and humor discussing motherhood, love and self-acceptance with Gayle King.



Serena's most amazing achievement may well be winning her 23rd Grand Slam championship while pregnant.

Nineteen years after the Williams sisters squared off in their first professional meeting in Melbourne, the most successful sister act in sport staged another family reunion in the Australian Open final.

Commanding the center of the court, Serena hit her way into history defeating Venus, 6-4, 6-4, to claim her seventh Australian Open title and Open Era-record 23rd Grand Slam championship, breaking the mark she shared with Steffi Graf.




She did it all while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian.




And remembering those who helped her realize her dreams.

The now 36-year-old new mom vowed she will retain her status as a champion in her planned comeback. She aims to defend her Australian Open title in January.

“It’s the most outrageous plan,” Williams told Vogue. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.

“In this game you can go dark fast. If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, she’s done. Especially since I’m not 20 years old. I’ll tell you this much: I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.”




 

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