Serena Williams looks at her box during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan on Sept. 8, 2018, in New York.
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Serena Williams challenged decades of stereotypes when she revealed her anger after she disagreed with a U.S. Open umpire. A racist caricature and calls to boycott her playing by umpires followed.
Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese woman to claim a Grand Slam singles title.
Sexism in sport plays out on and off the field. Differences in marketable qualities for endorsement deals as well reactions to male versus female athletes behaving badly are evidence of this.
No one is saying the tennis star wasn't angry. But it's worth asking whether you thought she was more angry because she is a woman.
Racist caricatures began appearing in the US as slavery was coming to an end. They have persisted into the 21st century.
The Herald Sun claims its cartoon of Serena Williams isn't racist, but it draws on 200 years of caricaturing of African women.
Serena Williams challenges umpire Carlos Ramos during the women’s final of the 2018 US Open Tennis.
Cartoonists have to compress their images, so they often use stereotypes. This objectifies the subject and is thus, inevitably, an othering process.
Lost: Serena Williams after losing to Naomi Osaka in the women’s final of the US Open Tennis Championships, New York.
We need to consider changing the rules of tennis, to make them more consistent across tournaments and players.
Serena Williams – wearing her controversial catsuit – returns a shot during the first round of the French Open in May 2018.
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On the front lines were female tennis players who refused to adhere to the club dress codes that banned them.
Serena Williams has questioned the fairness of being drug-tested more than other top players in 2018.
By using her public profile to suggest bias in drug-testing, Williams is calling into question the integrity of those tasked with the role of monitoring 'clean sport'.
Having a baby could provide even more motivation.
Serena Williams has just surpassed Roger Federer’s record for matches won at Grand Slam tournaments.
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Many commentators believe that Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time – but that should be judged not just on Grand Slam wins.
Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
We've all heard that practice makes perfect, but that isn't always true. Genetics, cognitive abilities and other traits influence athletic ability.
Williams is on track to eclipse Court, Navratilova and Graf ... but she's not there yet.
Serena Williams unveils her 2012 Australian Open outfit at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
Serena Williams creates a stir in the crowd. There is a buzz in the stadium as she is expected to emerge from the rooms out to the net. The excitement is not related to her skill, talent or professionalism…