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Black History Month: Honoring Serena Williams Op-Ed

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Black History Month: Honoring Serena Williams

This week for Black History Month, we want to honor Serena Williams.

Serena was born on Sept. 26, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan. Serena has won 23 Grand Slam titles during the open era. She has also won many other awards like the Best Female Tennis Player in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Serena has also won awards like the Teen Choice Awards for best female athlete and People's Choice Awards for Favorite Game Changer. She has been on the cover of many famous magazines like Vouge and Allure. Serena has played and won games in Wimbledon (7), French Open (3), Australian Open (7), and US Open (6).

Serena is an inspiration to all, but what made her want to enter the sport? Serena’s father, Richard Williams, is a tennis coach who taught her how to play the sport and helped her turn into a professional tennis player in 1995.

She has a total of five siblings with three being half siblings. Among them is her older sister Venus, who is also a professional tennis player. Both sisters achieved awards when playing doubles. They both won 22 titles, including fourteen grand slam titles and three Olympic gold medals. Serena and her husband Alexis Ohanian have a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. who was born in 2017. Her husband is a co-founder of the popular website Reddit. The pair met back in 2015 in Rome when they ended up staying in the same hotel. The pair married in 2016 and had a child one year later.

Serena is not only an inspiration to current and future athletes, but an inspiration to the black community and especially black women around the world.

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