At the writing of this article, Serena Williams, the World’s Best Athlete (in any sport! Period), is expecting her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit. Just a few weeks ago, Serena, 35, won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian open in January (2017). Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Major wins by a tennis player. At the time of her win, she was close to being 8 weeks pregnant.
Being a superstar world champion athlete is not the only thing Serena does well. She loves fashion, and has created her own fashion line, Signature Statement Collection, seen exclusively on the Home Shopping Network. Her fashion line parallels her mission, “I want women to know that it’s okay to love and embrace who you are… to be unapologetically bold and beautiful in anything you’re wearing,” she says on her website, serenawilliams.com.
Williams cares about community and family. She has two philanthropic nonprofits she has created. The Serena Williams Fund pursues equity through education and assisting victims of senseless violence. Serena and the Serena Williams Fund recently partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to help build from the ground up the Salt March Primary School for local youth.
Serena, along with her professional tennis playing sister, Venus, started The Williams Sisters Fund in 2016. Their first accomplishment was opening a resource center in Compton in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price. Yetunde was murdered in gangland violence in September of 2003. The Yetunde Price Resource Community Center is for residents who have been affected by violence.
Serena has been basking in the glow of her engagement, the win of her 23rd Grand Slam title, and expecting her new baby. Illie Nastase, Tennis champion of the 1970’s and the Romanian Tennis Captain, made racist comments about Serena’s pregnancy. (We have too much decency to print comments here). Serena responded with class on Instagram: “I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers — however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.”
She quoted part of Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise, “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words… you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise.”
Serena will miss the rest of 2017 on the tennis circuit as she awaits the arrival of her new baby in the fall. However, she plans on returning to her number one seeded position in 2018.
We can’t wait to see what this talented, powerful young woman has in store for us in the coming years as she continues to put love, light and positivity into everything she does.