Serena Williams Gets Historic Wimbledon Win But More Concerned For Her Nephews

By on July 31, 2016

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

Serena Williams, 34, captured her record-tying 22nd grand slam title by defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 at Wimbledon.  Williams had been denied achieving the record at the Australian Open and French Open finals this year, so hoisting up the Venus Rosewater Dish after her women’s single victory was especially rewarding.

“I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there,” Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year’s U.S. Open, told reporters.download
“This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I’ve been playing for well over a decade.”
Despite such a big personal win at Wimbledon, her celebration was short-lived as the recent police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile raise sobering concerns.

imagesWilliams told reporters: “I do have nephews and I’m thinking ‘do I have to call them and tell them don’t go outside? If you get in your car it might be the last time I see you’.

“That’s something that is of great concern, because it would be devastating. They’re very good kids.

“I don’t think the answer is to continue to shoot our young black men in the United States, or black people in general.

“Violence is not the answer in solving it.”images (1)

She added:  “The shooting in Dallas was very sad. No one deserves to lose their life, doesn’t matter what color they are, where they’re from. We’re all human. We have to learn that we have to love one another.

“But I think, in general, the entire situation is extremely sad, especially for someone like me. It’s something that is very painful to see happening.”

 

In London I have to wake up to this. He was black. Shot 4 times? When will something be done- no REALLY be done?!?! pic.twitter.com/OaLn60G6nm

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2016

Serena Williams’ 22 grand slam titles is equal to Steffi Graf’s open era record, further cementing her legacy as one of the greatest, most dominating women tennis players in the history of the sport.

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