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Focus on Serena Williams’ body sparks major conversation on prejudices black women face | Toronto Star

 

The personal attacks are nothing new. Commentators and columnists have shamed Williams for years for her muscular physique and strong style of play. Last year, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation called Serena and her sister, Venus, “the Williams brothers.”

 

Why then has the conversation around Williams largely focused on her body, instead of her unmatched skills and success on the court? That’s the question many are asking amidst a barrage of criticism the 33-year-old received during, and after, her victory at the All England Club on Saturday.

 

With all these accolades and a professional career spanning almost two decades, tennis superstar is arguably the greatest female athlete in sports today.

 

Twenty-one Grand Slam victories overall — and only one tournament away from achieving a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four majors in the same year) and tying Steffi Graf’s career Grand Slam record.

 

Six Wimbledon championships. One of only four players in history to win the “Golden Slam” — four Grand Slam wins and an Olympic gold medal. Player of the Year, of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year.

 

 

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