Saturday, September 5, 2015

We don't have to call a "Grand Slam" something different because of Serena Williams

I keep hearing and reading about how Serena Williams is on the verge of winning a "calendar-year Grand Slam."  ESPN is continually running that phrase on the bottom line when they mention her during their coverage of the U.S. Open.

This bugs me.

Just because Williams invented a phrase "Serena Slam" to describe her winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a row (but not in the same year) in 2002-03 (and again currently), that doesn't mean the longstanding phrase "Grand Slam" (winning all four in the same year) has to be changed now that she might accomplish that too.

Serena Williams is close to winning a Grand Slam, period.  It's an amazing accomplishment that only six people have ever achieved, most recently Steffi Graf in 1988.

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