She didn’t only win the women champions against Maria Sharapova last year, but now she is on her way to being the highest paid.
On the fact of it, American sports are dominated by Black Americans. Talk of Basketball, Soccer, American football, Athletics and the like, we have represented the nation on an international level and almost always brought glory to this nation. This is because Black culture has imbibed into us drive and character to be successful in any given sport, not to mention entertainment.
Selina Williams, a female tennis player, has lifted the national flag high by winning 21 major championships including an Olympic Gold medal. Her integrity goes before her, as she was named Sportsperson of the year by Sports Illustrated, wining over former UFC champion Ronda Rousey and NBA MVP Steph Curry. Out of 56 matches she won 53, becoming the single most dominant force in sports.
But where did she come from to get to this high pedal?
Born in 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, Serena Williams began intensive tennis training at age 3, practicing on a court not far from the family’s new Compton, California. Serena withstood the rigors of daily two-hour practices from her father.
The fact that the family had relocated to Compton was no accident. With its high rate of gang activity, Richard Williams wanted to expose his daughters to the ugly possibilities of life “if they did not work hard and get an education.” In this setting, on courts that were riddled with potholes and sometimes missing nets, Serena and Venus cut their teeth on the game of tennis and the requirements for persevering in a tough climate. But the hard work paid off, she won her first major championship in 1999 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2003.
Finally, the question people have been asking that “why is she not the highest paid woman tennis player since she has been dominating?” will be answered. According to her, “I can’t sit here and say I should be higher on the list because I have won more,” she added “I’m happy for [Sharapova], because she worked hard, too. There is enough at the table for everyone.”
Now, Sharapova’s career is in shambles as a drug suspension awaits her. So it’s time for Serena Williams to mount up higher.