Serena Williams Gave Sean Paul Some Tennis Lessons

Charlamagne Defends Sean Paul ‘Pum Pum Eating’ Gaffe

Serena Williams and Sean Paul hit the tennis court for some friendly competition.

Serena Williams is back to playing professional tennis following her hiatus after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September last year. The tennis legend had a rough pregnancy with several complications including blood clots, and was bed rest for six. On Thursday, she played her first competitive tennis match against Zarina Diyas which she won.

But before getting down to business, Serena Williams trained extensively and even found time to hit the court with dancehall legend Sean Paul who is a big fan of hers. SP and Serena have been friends for years and even previously did some charity work together in Jamaica. As for her big comeback to tennis, she has something to say about that on IG.

“It’s official. My comeback is here,” she said. “This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter. This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida- both my home states. Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks international women’s day. My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back (if you want of course!!) So I created my Serena Gold toned “S” pin.”

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Serena Williams tells John McEnroe to 'respect my privacy' as she poses nude for Vanity Fair {VIDEO}

In 2017, Serena Williams solidified her status at as the greatest ever by winning the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.

Throughout her career, the 23-time Major winner has used sport as a platform for progress. It’s no surprise that with Serena’s return to the court for her first tour-level match next week at Indian Wells, the tennis icon is using the moment to once again stand for equality.

“I want people to understand there is no wrong way to be a woman. We shouldn’t be made to feel like we have to act a certain way because we are women and we shouldn’t be made to feel like we need to fit into the same box. We are all different and we should celebrate those differences,” says Serena.

That thought is reflected in a new Nike film, “Until We All Win,” that recognizes International Women’s Day and features Serena.

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  • Williams is expecting her first child
  • McEnroe said Williams would be 700 in the world on men's circuit

Serena Williams has responded to John McEnroe's claims that she would struggle on the men's tennis circuit by telling her fellow American to "keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."

Seven-time grand slam winner McEnroe reopened an age-old debate by telling US radio station NPR that Williams would "be like 700 in the world" if she played on the men's Tour. 
Williams, winner of 23 grand slam singles titles and the only woman in Forbes' list of the world's 100 highest paid athletes in 2017, announced in April she was expecting her first child.
Reacting to McEnroe's comments, the 35-year-old tweeted: "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. 
"I've never played anyone ranked 'there' nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

'Serena's an incredible player' 

Former world No.1 John McEnroe won Wimbledon three times
McEnroe, 58, emphasized that Williams was "an incredible player" and the "best female player ever -- no question."
Neither did he rule out that a female player would one day be able to outshine the world's best male players, saying: "Maybe at some point a women's tennis player can be better than anybody. 
"I just haven't seen it in any other sport, and I haven't seen it in tennis. I suppose anything's possible at some stage."
Ranked 700 in the world on the men's Tour is Issam Haitham Taweel of Egypt, a 27-year-old with no career titles, while Russia's Dmitry Tursunov is a place below him in the rankings. 
Tursunov, 34, told the BBC that he hoped that he would beat Williams were they to ever play each other. 
Serena Williams sneaks up on fans during match
"It would be a similar argument to: who would run faster, the fastest woman or the fastest man? Tennis is becoming more and more a physical sport, so it's going to be hard for a woman to beat the men," said the former world No20 who has won seven career titles. 
"It's not black and white, there are lots of factors to take into account. Physically I might not be in the best shape of my life but as an overall package I'm much better than my ranking would suggest. She is pregnant, and I'm not.
"I've never heard John say anything absolutely stupid - he knows his stuff. What he said about her being an incredible player is correct -- explosive, powerful and she puts in a lot of work. But I would hope that I would win."
Williams, one of the greatest athletes of her generation, has said she will make her tennis comeback next year.

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Sean Paul Wife Jodi Jinx Pregnant With First Child

Sean Paul caught some heat on social media this week after he told Charlamagne Tha God that he eat “pum pum” and the backtrack his statement.
If you’re a fan of dancehall culture then you would know that pum pum eating is a huge issue, although some fans would agree that things are slowly changing. During an interview on The Breakfast Club this week, Charlamagne, known for asking celebrities tough questions, asked Sean Paul if he “eat pum pum.” “We got to prove that you’re a Jamaican, do you eat pum pum?” Charlamagne asked.
“Yes I eat pum pum but… Just funny the way you said it to me a pum pum we say and no I don’t eat pum pum… no sir… It don’t have a wrapper you know,” Sean Paul said.
Needless to say that dancehall fans have been going in on him on social media with some accusing him of lying about it.
Charlamagne pushed back on some of the criticisms from fans telling them to “grow up.”
“I can’t believe y’all mad at Sean Paul for this,” he said. “SMH. If the man eat Pum Pum let him eat Pum Pum!! Why we Pum Pum eating shaming??? Women stop letting Jamaican men get away with saying they don’t eat Pum Pum when they’ve eaten yours. Treat Jamaican men who eat Pum Pum but claim they don’t the same way the streets treat rappers who claim they bout that life but aren’t. I can’t believe Jamaican men right now especially because if you’ve ever licked a well seasoned, well cooked ox tail then you know what Pum Pum taste like or when you cut a beef patty in half and put your tongue in the center of it it’s the same difference. Grow up Jamaican men, GROW UP.”

 

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Sean Paul and his wife Jodi Jinx are expecting their first child together.

The couple recently broke the news on social media with the TV host showing off her growing baby bump. “RRR!!! LEAD SINGER ARRIVING FEBRUARY 2017 #THEHENRIQUES’ #duttyyute #madpeopletingdeyshouldkno,” SP wrote on IG along with the baby emoji.

Sean Paul and Jinx, whose real name is Jodi Stewart-Henriques, have been dating for over a decade now. The couple got married in 2012 in a lavish wedding ceremony in Kingston.

She is expected to give birth in February next year.

In related news, Sean Paul recently signed a multi-album deal with Island Records and is currently working on his next project, due for release later this year. In a recent interview with Billboard, the dancehall legend says that his new project will bridge the gap between authentic dancehall and the pop version being done by the likes of Justin Bieber and others.



“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with trap, and that’s fine with me,” Sean Paul said. “Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”

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