Serena Williams jumps on bike to beat Miami traffic jam and avoid missing match… She won

Tennis star and reluctant cyclist finds that two wheels beat four when the traffic's gridlocked

by Simon_MacMichael   March 24, 2013  

Serena Williams (picture Carin 06, Flickr - Creative Commons cc-by-sa-2.0)

Tennis star Serena Williams hopped on a bike yesterday to beat a traffic jam in Miami and ensure she wouldn’t miss her match in the Miami Masters at Key Biscayne.

The 31-year-old, who is aiming to move ahead of Steffi Graff as the most successful player in the tournament’s history – each has five titles – said afterwards: "Riding to the match was probably one of my best memories ever," reports the BBC.

Her match was due to start at 8pm, and she risked missing it due to gridlock along the Rickenbacker Causeway between Miami and the island where the tournament is being held.

"The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, 'I have been here for an hour, and I'm staying like eight minutes away','” explained Williams.

"I'm like, 'OK, I'm not going to make my match'.

"So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn't have a golf cart. Then they were like, 'We have a motor bike'. I'm like, 'I don't do motor bikes'.

"They said, 'We have a bicycle'. I said, 'I really don't do bicycles, but I will today'.”

Reluctant cyclist she may have been, but in making the match, Williams confirmed a finding shown by a succession of commuter races that pit different forms of transport against each other - up to a certain distance, bicycles will always beat cars. 

Williams, who has 15 Grand Slam titles to her name, went on to beat Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-3 in the third round match.

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Latest doping cyclist, then?!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
24th March 2013 - 20:38


I bet it was a bloody big bike with a Raleigh Chopper seat Surprise

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

posted by stumps [3237 posts]
24th March 2013 - 21:13

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