“She is the reason why I play tennis. Her legacy will definitely inspire many more generations." Coco Gauff, famous tennis player with a career-high ranking of world No. 11, said.
World all-time best tennis player and a cultural icon, Serena Williams, is planning to retire after her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
In her 33-year professional tennis career, Williams has scooped a myriad of accolades, and will be remembered as one of the sport's greatest competitors, an athlete with the cleanest serve in the women's game and a never-ending thirst for victory.
She has, time and over, extended her hand of generosity, by engaging in numerous philanthropic initiatives across the world.
Over the years she managed to establish The Serena Williams Fund in aid of water challenge in 25 Sub-Saharan countries in Africa, and to promote equity through education, gender, race and disability.
The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, partnered with key organizations to help build schools in Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe in conjunction with Build Africa. Also, together with Helping Hands they built the Marsh Elementary School in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica.
Her philanthropical works, have relentlessly shot towards addressing a menace around the world, particularly in developing countries where girls and women are forced to drop out of school, frequently to bear the burden of household chores, like collecting water and caregiving responsibilities, and early marriages.
In her retirement, Serena Williams will be remembered for speaking out against racism, supporting equal pay for women and men, and sharing her own experiences with the healthcare system as a black woman.
"Tennis being a predominantly white sport, seeing her play definitely helped a lot," said Gauff. "Because I saw somebody who looked like me dominating the game. It made me believe that I could dominate too."
We wish her well as she respectfully bows out of the game.