Serena Williams, the 38-year-old red-letter American with 23 major titles glittering beside her name, was named among the Time Magazine’s list of top 100 influential women of the last century, “100 Women of the Year”.
More interestingly, as Time Magazine also published the list of “100 Women of the Year” in order to honour the history of women empowerment on March 8th, 2020, the International Women’s day, the day coincided with the 100th anniversary of approving female voting rights in the United States.
Besides, while clarifying the reasons behind adding Serena Williams in the list of top 100 women of the century, the Times Magazine said that it was an approach to undermine the contributions of the women who were largely overshadowed and Serena, who had still been among top ten in WTA ranking at the age of 38, was included in to the list due to her record 2003 season, while she became the fifth women in the history of WTA to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.
Meanwhile, referring to Serena’s influence which has added a new dimension in to women’s tennis, the Magazine wrote in the report, “Williams was only 21 years old. If she had reached her peak at that time, she would have deserved distinctions like an all-time great.
the Open era - later, it has more influence than ever. Its influence extends far beyond the baseline. Critics called his racist names and tried to shame him for his muscular figure. But Williams embraced his body and darkness, with the same force as one of his two-handed backhands: even his occasional outbursts with referees spark national debates on decorum and double standards.
She battled fatal injuries and illnesses, including a complicated delivery of her daughter Olympia in 2017. Months later, however, Williams returned to the women's tour, at 36, as a working mom. most famous in the world.
Since then, she has reached the finals of four major events, showing that women can embrace motherhood and work as long and exhausting as professional tennis. During his decades of greatness, Williams has inspired a new generation of tennis talent, young women of colour who, like her, have dared to embark on what has long been a white lily sport.
Rising stars Naomi Osaka, 22, and Coco Gauff, 15, idolize Williams. Gauff grew up in Florida with his poster on his wall. Williams hasn't just taken women's tennis to new heights. It has ensured its heritage in the generations that will follow it.
In her decades of greatness, @serenawilliams has inspired a new generation of tennis talent, young women of color who, like her, dared to take up what’s long been a lily-white sport #womenoftheyear https://t.co/rrll48ojMs — TIME (@TIME) March 5, 2020