When Serena Williams effortlessly defeated Maria Sharapova last night in her first round of the US Open, she had to be generous Sharapova applauded a few winners in the second set and then told the interviewer after the game that it was an "incredibly hard fate" for Sharapova because she is "such a good player". Meanwhile, Serena's husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, would not miss the opportunity to make a final push.
When the match ended, Ohanian got up and unbuttoned his jacket to reveal that he wore a DARE (to say no to drugs) T-shirt reminiscent of Sharapova's 15-month break in tennis because he took the forbidden substance melodonium. The subtle troll was extremely reddit.
The match was fleeting. Serena won 56 points on Sharapova's 28; beat five aces to Sharapova's one; and zinged 16 winners while Sharapova had six. Sharapova scored 20 easy mistakes to Serena's 12. Although Sharapova had five chances to break the serve, she did not turn any of them. There has never been a moment of real drama, and Serena now has a direct game of 20: 2.
Nevertheless, the one-sided match was eagerly awaited thanks to the long history of juicy beef between them.
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And now that Ohanian has managed to nibble a bit, the cattle are roasting.