Serena Williams is standing strong despite her recent fourth-round loss at the Miami Open — her fourth-straight tournament defeat. The losses don’t appear to have broken the spirit of the tennis legend who, in a selfie that she posted to Instagram Wednesday, sported a black T-shirt labeled with the slogan “strong is beautiful.”
In the photo, which garnered over 50,000 “likes” by the publication of this article, Serena shows off her toned arms and flat stomach, which are clearly visible in her black midriff top. The 34-year-old tennis star stays in tip-top shape in order to remain competitive throughout year-round competition. Williams credits her toned physique, in part, to her fitness expert, Mackie Shilstone. Serena has said that her life and career changed when she met Shilstone, and jokingly added that he is “not human.”
Williams looked human during her fourth-round loss to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova Monday at the Miami Open, breaking her 20-match winning streak at that event. After a solid, but very long, first set, Williams’ game seemed to decline and she wilted in the remaining sets. In her post-match news conference, Serena said she played the best she could. Her 55 unforced errors, as compared to Kuznetsova’s 18, however, simply didn’t add up.
The world’s no. 1 female tennis player also lost to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in mid-March. The tournament in Indian Wells, California was a meaningful one for Williams after ending her 14-year boycott of the event last year. This year also marked the return of big sister, Venus, who had also boycotted Indian Wells after her, Serena and the Williams family were once booed by fans during the tournament.
In January, Serena was denied an historic 22nd Grand Slam singles title after her three-set Australian Open final loss to Germany’s Angelique Kerber. The Australian Open had been Williams’s first chance to clench her 22nd slam after a stunning semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci of Italy at the 2015 U.S. Open — a loss that sent shock waves throughout the tennis world.