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Daily Bagel: The yin and yang of Serena Williams

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• In case you're wondering why Serena Williams' Family Circle Cup title is making people sit up and take notice, the highlight reel from her 6-1, 6-1 semifinal win over Sam Stosur should explain it.

• WTA Backspin takes a look at Serena's destruction of Charleston and sums up the yin and yang that is Serena nicely:

"Sometimes Serena is simply "amazing," as [Lucie] Safarova called her on Sunday. At other times, she seems simply "elsewhere." Sometimes her behavior is charming, sometimes it's deplorable, even if the criticism of it is often overblown and unbalanced. But she sort of sets herself up for such situations. Saying you're going to shove a ball down a linesperson's throat, and very rarely ever giving full credit to an opponent who bests her doesn't exactly make everyone want to give her the benefit of the doubt, even when it's warranted. But that's Serena. For good, and bad. We saw the good ... great, really ... last week. Who knows what we'll see next."

• Rory McIlroy's former girlfriend Holly Sweeney just can't stop poking fun at her ex and his new flame.

• Sticking with the golf theme, the top three men in the rankings have one major championship between them. How does that compare to tennis? The ATP top three have 31 and the WTA top three have five.

• Richard Lewis has been named the new CEO of the All England Club. Lewis, a former British player, is also the chairman of Sport England (which just cut funding to the LTA) and the Rugby Football League.

• Non-tennis: Ashely Judd pens a powerful essay about the phenomenon more commonly known as "bodysnarking":

"That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women."
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