Ever since a young age, Serena Williams has been in the spotlight. Everybody around the world watching her every move and judging every wrong doing while graciously overlooking every achievement. So in this blog, I will make sure everybody gets to see the real Serena Williams. The Serena Williams that I have looked up to not only because she is arguably the best tennis player to ever live but also one of the biggest sports activists (along side her sister, Venus.)
Being a professional is not easy at such a young age but props to Serena for making it look "easy". Racism has always played a key in not only their lives but any minority that has been in the United States. One of her darkest days was at the 2001 Indian Wells tournament. For those that don't know tennis, this is one of the biggest tournaments of the year outside of the Grand Slam events. After both sisters won their quarterfinal matches, the media started to swarm because in a few days, the sisters would play each other in the semifinals. Hours before the match was scheduled to start Venus Williams cited an injury and dropped out of the tourmanet which gave Serena a walkover into the Finals. Fans were floored and began the taunting. As Serena stepped out onto the court in this final fans everywhere began to boo and again as her father and sister, Richard and Venus, walked down the stairs to their seats, they were were also booed. This is not nor will it be the last time Serena Williams will be downgraded and judged. In 2015, Serena was part of the body shamers attack. Many people citing that no women can/should look like her. Judging even the smallest of details such as her thicker eyebrows. How does Serena respond? Once again with grace and nothing but love.
“I’ve had people look down on me, put me down because I didn’t look like them — I look stronger,” she said in her acceptance speech. “I’ve had people look past me because the color of my skin, I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman, I’ve had critics say I [would] never win another Grand Slam when I was only at number seven — and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I’m still going.” “For all the ladies out there, yes we can do it,” she said. “My hope by winning this award [is that I] can inspire many, many, many more women … to stand right here on this podium and accept another ‘Sportsperson of the Year,’ so yes ladies it can be done. “In 1984 in Compton is where I began my journey of becoming a tennis player on beaten down courts,” she said. “Now 30 years later, I still have goals and still have dreams of winning, and this award actually makes me want to work harder to reach more goals.”
This year Serena took another step towards being one of the biggest activist for gender equality. With the election season, many people in the world are worried about what "could" happen. A big topic has been gender equality. The link below will not only allow you to view the open letter Serena wrote to everyone in the world via one of her magazine shoots.