by DRIA ROLAND
Originally published: April 27, 2017
The No. 1 tennis player in the world made her professional debut at age 14. It is impossible to quantify her impact on the game or to neatly sum up her accomplishments since then, but they include winning 23 grand slam titles, four Olympic gold medals, the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award (three times), and being named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Uproar ensued over this last honor, bestowed upon Williams in 2015, because people felt the award should have actually gone to American Pharaoh—a racehorse.
That was just one of many dehumanizing slights Williams has endured throughout her 21-year career. This post could have been “A Timeline of All the Racist Dickheads Serena Williams Has Had to Stand Up To Over the Years”—unfortunately, no one has the time to compose such an exhaustive list. The latest insult came shortly after Williams announced that she and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are expecting their first child.