The tennis star documented the Wimbledon Champions' dinner on social media with men's final winner Novak Djokovic

By Lindsay Kimble
July 13, 2015 10:30 AM
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Serena Williams defied body-shamers on Monday by sharing a photo of herself in a form-fitting pink gown at Sunday’s Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner.

Williams, who defeated Garbiñe Muguruza to win her sixth Wimbledon finals match on Saturday, attended the annual dinner at the Guildhall in London with fellow champ Novak Djokovic.

The 33-year-old documented the party on social media, posting the photo of herself in the glamorous dress via Instagram.

“Swerve,” she wrote of the floor-length gown, which featured an embellished and mesh bodice and a silk train. The athlete’s enviable arms were on display in the sleeveless gown, and she wore her long hair down and straight.

Williams also posted a photo with Djokovic on the photo-sharing site.

“Wimbledon champions/ Clowns,” she wrote. “Congrats @djokernole we brought back the dance!”

Despite her historic win, Williams was met with harsh critiques over the weekend. First, J.K. Rowling shut down a Twitter troll who wrote that the tennis star is “built like a man.”

“You’re an idiot,” the Harry Potter author fired back.

Later, the New York Times published an article seemingly criticizing the tennis player’s impressive physique.

The article, titled “Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image with Ambition,” alleges that other top women in the tennis world choose to avoid “bulking up” like Williams.

The Internet was up in arms about the piece, with many Tweeting their distaste.

“What’s fascinating is that the article attempts to normalize/glorify white mediocrity, sexism, and body image pathology,” wrote one user.

Williams’ win completed her second “Serena Slam,” which is four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, beginning with last year’s U.S. Open, then the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

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