Serena William’s rollercoaster win over World No. 1 Simona Halep left heart rates all over the world at dangerous levels.
The 23-time grand slam champ had to come from behind in a third-set stunner which left fans in Rod Laver Arena and all over the world on the edge of their seat.
When the 37-year-old snatched a memorable win just a few minutes after she looked on the ropes facing three break points on her serve, the entire arena erupted in an enormous release of nervous energy.
Everyone, that is, except for Serena’s mum Oracene Price.
Footage of Price, 66, at the moment Serena sealed her 6-1 4-6 6-4 victory barely flinching as the stadium erupted around her has turned instantly into a gif of world-class standard.
The footage showed every member of Serena’s playing box, including coach Patrick Moouratoglou, exploding with emotion after the win. On closer inspection, the internet quickly lost its mind by the footage of Oracene calmly sitting unperturbed by the madness unfolding around her.
Serena, just look at the reaction on this arena. Everyone is on their feet.
To make things worse for Oracene, her ice cold refusal to cheer her daughter’s big moment was highlighted on the big screen in the middle of Williams’ post-match on-court interview with Channel 9’s Sam Smith.
“Serena, just look at the reaction on this arena. Everyone is on their feet,” Smith said as the awkward shot of Oracene refusing to budge was played on the big screen.
Williams may not have seen it on first look, but the footage soon spread across the world – as did the jokes it more than warranted.
Most poked fun of the fact that after 23 slams, only silverware gets Oracene on her feet these days.
Others have pointed out that Williams’ phenomena record would also have made it no surprise for Oracene to see her daughter dispatch another high-ranked opponent.
Williams’ other responses in her post-match interview were much more serious than she normally provides, but after going to war for almost two hours against a red-hot Halep, she was in a serious mood.
“It was really intense match and it was some incredible points,” she said.
“I love playing tennis and I love being out here, and I love this court. It is really cool to be out and playing again on this court.
“I really needed to elevate my game. She is the number one player in the world and there is a reason why. She elevates her game and she plays well and she is just a great player. In order for to stay out there I had to play a little bit like I knew I could and I do. Hopefully that was the difference.
“I am just a fighter, I never give up. I don’t know, it is something that is definitely e nature. It is a miracle that I am here, I get to do something that I enjoy. This is my job. My job is to come out and play in front of you guys. It is a super pleasure. So that gets me motivated to just keep trying and to keep fighting for literally every point.”
Williams next plays No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova. She still needs three more wins to raise another Australian Open trophy and maybe get Oracene out of her seat.