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JK Rowling defends Serena Williams after Twitter troll's 'manly' criticism

Novelist JK Rowling slams a Twitter user who described tennis star Serena Williams as 'manly' after her Wimbledon victory.

British novelist JK Rowling jumped to Serena Williams's defence at the weekend after a Twitter user described the Wimbledon champion as 'manly'.

The 33-year-old American claimed her sixth title at the All England Club in a straight-sets victory over Garbine Muguruza on Saturday.

The triumph was a historical one for Williams as she became the oldest ever Wimbledon champion and is on course to complete a calendar Grand Slam following victories at the Australian and French Opens.

Despite Williams's success, one Twitter user decided to criticise the tennis star by claiming that she was "built like a man" - a comment which Rowling, who is best known for the Harry Potter series, did not take kindly.

In response, the 49-year-old posted a photo of Williams in a figure-hugging red dress and wrote: "Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot."

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Serena Williams of the United States plays a backhand in the Ladies Singles Semi Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2015
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