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Someone asked Mr Serena Williams what it’s like to sleep beside “one of the greatest athletes”

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Alexis Ohanian Sr’s two-word answer has won a lot of love on Twitter.

Serena Williams – the 23-time Grand Slam champion – is going to the Wimbledon final. It’s a Slam she has won seven times and one where she hasn’t dropped a match since 2014 – but Williams has insisted that she never once assumed that her place in the final was an assured thing.

“This was not inevitable for me,” Williams said after the match, which took 70 minutes to complete.

“I had a difficult birth, multiple surgeries, I almost didn’t make it. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox. It’s such a pleasure and a joy [to be in the final] because less than a year ago, I was going through so much.”

It makes perfect sense, then, that Williams is being hailed as tennis’ GOAT (greatest of all time) – and that her fans have been losing their s**t over her awesomeness on Twitter.

Indeed, one even tweeted at Alexis Ohanian (aka Mr Serena Williams) asking him how it felt “to know that when you go to sleep at night you’re sleeping beside one of the greatest athletes of all time?”

The Reddit co-founder lobbed the perfect response: “One of?”

Match point, eh?

Much like her husband, Williams has made a point of underlining her unparalleled skills on the tennis courts. Indeed, when a reporter asked her if it’s hard being “the one to beat” because everyone who plays her brings their A-game to the court, she responded: “I’m glad somebody admitted that.”

Not only did she refuse to apologise for her successes, or exude an ounce of modesty for being the greatest, but she carefully crafted an answer that saluted every other woman on the court, too.

“Every single match I play, whether I’m coming back from a baby, or surgery, it doesn’t matter, because these young ladies bring a game that I’ve never seen before,” she said.

“I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater.”

Watch her response for yourself below:

Williams will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.

It will be a rematch of the 2016 final, which Williams won, and she recently admitted to the BBC that she will need to be at her best to beat the German 11th seed again.

“She’s playing so well. I think she’s incredibly confident,” said Williams. “I have to be ready for the match of my life.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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