Romanian tennis star Simona Halep defeated Jelena Jankovic to win the Ladies Singles title at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Upon claiming her singles title, Simona Halep was presented with what seems to be a very heavy trophy, one that’s so heavy in fact she could not even lift it when asked to do so by a reporter (as seen in the video above). By lacking the herculean arms of Serena Williams and failing to lift her trophy, Simona Halep consequently set back both female athletes and the trophy generation decades.
It’s not like this trophy is Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur he claimed by removing it from a stone (aka, the Sword in the Stone). It’s a glass (crystal?) trophy that’s sitting on a desk and was placed there by another person. How is she supposed to bring it home? Why can’t she lift it? How is she strong enough to win an athletic competition but not strong enough to lift her trophy off of a table? The tournament was in California, not Florida, so it’s not like the humidity in the air was to blame for sticky fingers. Simona Halep simply could not lift her trophy when asked to, and she’s just outed herself as a sad member of the Trophy Generation.
Just watch the feeble attempt by Simona Halep and ponder how devastating the Trophy Generation has been for Sports:
Did this really set female athletes back decades? Absolutely not. I’m sure she was exhausted after completing a long tournament and besting every competitor in the field. That said, she should still be giving it her ALL when trying to lift that trophy up. Other athletes would throw out their backs trying to lift that up before succumbing to failure.