Why Serena Williams is an Awesome Role Model ...

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There’s always room for more records to be set in sport.2

The latest record to hit the headlines is from Serena Williams.

In winning the 2017 Australian Open, the phenomenal tennis player can now boast 24 Grand Slam titles, the most in the Open Era (since 1968), taking over from previous record holder Steffi Graf.

This awesome woman/athlete/sister/fiance/fashion designer deserves praise.

Let’s give her some.

1. World Number One

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Having been overtaken in the rankings by Angelique Kerber at the end of 2016, her 7th Australian open title, sees Serena gain the world number one ranking.

This is the 7th time Serena has held the top spot, and in total has been World No.

1 for 310 weeks, which ranks her 3rd in the Open Era.

She may be 35 years old now but few will bet against her taking more Grand Slam titles before she retires.

2. The Serena Slam

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Serena has the honor of holding all the Grand Slam titles at the same time, two times.2

In case you have no idea what that means, there are four Grand Slams – the major tournaments held every year: The Australian Open;

The French Open;

The British Open (Wimbledon);

and The US Open.

Winning all four grand slams and the Olympic title in a calendar year gives you the Golden Slam – last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1988.2

3. Female Positivity

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Of course we should consider Serena Williams as a role model.

She is not just an amazing and successful athlete, she is an incredible woman.

As a woman, naturally Serena's body attracts scrutiny but she always has a body positive stance.

In one of her interviews she said "I always say, 'Not everyone’s going to like the way I look.' Everyone has different types.

If we all liked the same thing, it would make the world a really boring place!

What matters most is that I like myself." Her advice to other women struggling with body image?

"You are who you are, you can’t change it.2

And you’re beautiful."

Serena also accepts and respects the responsibility she has a sa women of color.

"Equality is important." "I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people."

She also welcomes the responsibility that comes with being a woman of color in tennis.

"I embrace it and I love that I have an opportunity to do it because a lot of people don’t.

And I don’t have to be anyone different, 'cause this is me.

And it really fits well with me."

And in the world of sport where there can be massive differences in the levels of prize money paid to men and to women, Serena uses her fame and position to advocate equal pay for women and closing the pay gap, not just in sport.

Let's finish this point with one of her statements2

"My goal is to inspire every woman out there.

My new saying for the past few years has been, 'The success of one woman should be the inspiration for the next.'"

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