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Serena Williams Twice as Motivated to Win Because She is Black

Published 08/16/2017, 4:21 AM EDT

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23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams opened up in a recent interview about the blatant racism that she and her sister Venus used to face. Williams said that she does not seem to be a popular figure among the masses because many perceive her to be ‘mean’ and ‘tough’. She also has the impression that her rival, Maria Sharapova has an enhanced reputation because of her skin. ‘I feel like people think I’m mean,’ the 35-year-old told Vogue magazine. ‘Really tough and really mean and really street. I believe that the other girls in the locker room will say, “Serena’s really nice.”

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Williams is aiming to make a triumphant at the 2018 Australian Open which is 3 months after giving birth to her first child. Even Williams herself admitted that it was an ambitious plan given the short time period. the American also said that due this the racist perceptions society has, she has to work twice as hard to gain the public’s favour.

Most critics believed that Williams relied on power too much but Serena feels that there is beauty in power and strength. “The success of one woman should be the inspiration to another, and I’m always trying to inspire and motivate the black girls out there. I’m not a model. I’m not the girl next door. But I’m not hiding. Actually, I look like a lot of women out there. The American woman is many women, and I think it’s important to speak to American women at a time when they need encouragement. I’m not political, but I think everyone is worried, to a degree.”

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Dhruv George


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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.
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