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Billie Jean King gave Serena Williams the kind of compliment athletes rarely give each other.

Despite Serena Williams' stunning U.S. Open loss, she still has a huge fan in one of tennis' all-time greats: Billie Jean King.

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King was a monster back in the day. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and was #1 in the world for five years running. She even beat former men's #1 Bobby Riggs head-to-head.

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And yet, despite all that, King thinks Serena is, unequivocally, the greatest of all time.

She dropped the bomb in an interview with the Huffington Post shortly before Williams' semifinal defeat:

Billie Jean King demonstrated the tennis version of "it takes one to know one" on Wednesday while speaking to HuffPost Live's Zerlina Maxwell. When asked whether she thinks Serena Williams is the best tennis player ever, the 12-time Grand Slam winner and Women's Tennis Association founder answered unambiguously: "Yes. I think we all do. I think every generation gets better."

Three things about this stand out.

1. This sort of thing just doesn't happen in sports. Basically ever.

Imagine Michael Jordan sitting down for an interview and saying, "Hey everyone, I thought about it, took a look through the numbers, and you know what? LeBron is actually better than me and everyone I played with."

"LeBron, I accept defeat" — Michael Jordan, never. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

You can't.

Most athletes remain competitive with their rivals to the bitter end, even across generations. For an all-time-great tennis player to admit that Williams is superior, it must really be obvious.

2. She didn't just say "women's tennis."

This wasn't "she's the greatest ... for a girl." This was "She's the greatest ... period. Full stop."

That's not to say Serena would necessarily beat the top men in tennis (though it's impossible to know for sure — most ex-players and commentators seem to think she wouldn't,). It is saying that Serena has dominated the sport for longer and with more authority than anyone before her. That's pretty hard to argue with.

3. Serena is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

At the end of the day, the fact that she went down in this year's U.S. Open is irrelevant.

69 singles titles. 21 Grand Slams. 732 career wins to only 123 losses — an .856 winning percentage. (For comparison, the 2001 Seattle Mariners, the winningest baseball team in history, had a .716 winning percentage). And still dominating at age 33.

We all knew she was good, but King is right. Williams deserves to be up there with the greats: Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Pelé, Bobby Orr, and whoever dominates curling. The fact that Williams is a black woman in a sport whose upper ranks have been dominated by white men since the fuzzy green ball was invented makes it all the more important to recognize her as such.

It takes guts to admit that someone else is better than you. But Billie Jean King spoke the truth.

This is what the greatest tennis player of all time looks like.

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Fans are thrilled to hear Freddie Mercury's iconic voice once again.

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If you've ever seen a photo like this…

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Kevin Bozeat had that fact in mind when he fell ill while living in Taiwan and needed to go to the hospital. He didn't have insurance and he had no idea how much it was going to cost him. He shared the experience in a now-viral Facebook post he called "The Horrors of Socialized Medicine: A first hand experience."

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The kids show aired from 1992 to 1997 on PBS, with Shari passing away just a year later. But turns out everyone's favorite squeaky voiced lamb wasn't done bringing people joy. Shari's daughter Mallory Lewis has taken up her mom's throne as Lamb Chops handler and the internet couldn't be more thrilled to see the duo.

Mallory has the same fiery red curly hair that her mom did and has brought Lamb Chop, Charley Horse and Hush Puppy back out to play. To the delight of Millennials, the sassy lamb is still just six years old and gets Mallory into some tricky situations when trying to explain things to the puppet.

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How 5 diabolical parents called their kids' bluff in hilarious ways

The next generation is in great, if diabolical, hands.

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Recently, blogger Jen Hatmaker had a funny conversation with a friend about parenting:

"My girlfriend told me the greatest story. Apparently her 11-year-old also wanted to be a grown up this week and, in fact, not only did he treat his siblings like despised underlings, but when asked what he wanted, he said: 'I want the authority to be in charge of them and tell them what to do, because they deserve it!'


Well. My girlfriend and her husband are NOT AT ALL MESSING AROUND with parenting. Calmly, evenly, they granted his request to be a grown-up for a week by pulling him out of camp (the underlings still got to go, because they are 'such children') and sending him to work ALL DAY EVERY DAY with his dad. He has to get up early and shower and make breakfast for everyone. He has to kiss the underlings before he goes to work and tell them to have a great day and that he loves them. He has to work on a typing project during his office hours. He only gets to eat what his dad eats, because eating like a grown-up is not nearly as fun as eating like a kid.


Want to be an adult? Fine."

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Hatmaker's post went viral, with thousands of parents chiming in with their own stories of tough love, both giving and receiving.

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