Apparently, an exceptional, talented individual in Serena Williams and boring, pragmatic Portuguese national team were the stand-out performers/achievers of the penultimate week; therefore, the US tennis legend and Portugal get CAB’s recognition for this award.
Portugal, arguably the most lucky and boring team at the just-concluded Euro 2016 stumbled all the way to the final to defeat host and overwhelming favourites, France, via an extra-time stunning goal off the boot of substitute Eder to win 1-0 and lift the coveted trophy against all odds. Indeed, a shocker to the world, it was.
It is on record that they won just a single game in 90 minutes en route the final and that was the 2-0 victory over Wales in the semis. Also, Portugal, disappointingly, did qualify from their group with just three points after drawing against perceived minnows Hungary, Iceland and Austria. That is another event on its own written down in the competition’s history. After losing their captain, the legendary (at least at club level) Cristiano Ronaldo, to injury early on in the game, the rest of the squad picked up the gauntlet to the surprise of many.
Serena, 34, unarguably the world’s leading female tennis player of more than a decade and one of the best ever to grace the sport, did go ahead to equal the legendary Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 career Grand Slam title wins following her 7-5 6-3 victory over German fourth seed Angelique Kerber. It’s also her seventh Wimbledon title.
Recall Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January. Serena thus ended a losing run at Slams stretching back to Wimbledon last year which cast doubt on her ability to equal Steffi’s achievement.
Later on Centre Court, she and elder sister Venus claimed their sixth Wimbledon women’s doubles title – and 14th Grand Slam trophy – with a 6-3 6-4 win over Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova.
This woman of honour and pride to the Black race continues to power on, and, now has her sights set on surpassing the record in the upcoming US Open on home soil. Serena has gotten this award on more than two occasions by the way.
Her victory after several recent Grand Slam disappointments and Portugal’s triumph at the Euros, regardless of how mediocre they seemed; has taught us to stay through to what we believe in coupled with hardwork as individuals or a group not minding what people say or feel about it.
Thumbs up CHAMPIONS Portugal, thumbs up LEGEND Serena 😉