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The Serena Williams Guide to Using Sports Metaphors in Relationships

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Serena Williams is arguably the greatest tennis player — nay, athlete — in the world. It should be no surprise then, that sports tend to bleed into other, less sports-related areas of her life. Namely, relationships.

In honor of Valentine's Day looming in the near future, Harper's Bazaar tasked her with answering reader's dating and relationship questions. Among other advice ("always add heels,"  introduce your did to Pinterest if he can't dress, and stop saying "Netflix and chill," please), Serena also informed the world that she has the singular ability to use tennis metaphors in the context of her dating life.

"Dear Serena," one reader began. "Which tennis terms do you also apply to relationships?' Do tell, Serena: "Love, advantage Williams, game, set, match, and championship," she replied.

Take a moment and think about the kind of romantic circumstance the word "championship" would be appropriate. Here, we attempt to do so, as well as provide handy definitions for each term to use during your next adventure in sexting:

1. Love (n.)
"I love pizza, should we order some?"

2. Advantage Williams (n.)
When something happens in a relationship in which one person wins and the other loses.
"Sorry, they're out of sausage. Haha. I didn't want any anyway. Advantage Williams."

3. Championship (n.)
The final event of a series; something to be won.
"There's one more slice. Who will take home the championship?"

4. Game, set, match (n.)
The act of winning said championship.
"I ate it while you were in the bathroom. Game, set, match."