Serena Williams Named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List

by The Insider on May 9, 2010 · 5 comments

in WTA News

Serena Williams has made the Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.

Billy Jean King described Serena this way for Time Magazine: Serena Williams is one of those rare champions who have transcended sports and impacted our society. In tennis, she is as focused as she has ever been at any point in her career, and it shows.

But in addition to the people who follow her on the court, she has a growing legion of fans outside the sport. Serena, 28, is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Her work with children in Kenya and here in the U.S. stresses the importance of education.

Through her charitable efforts, people are seeing her in a larger context. She has several interests — yes, tennis is one of them — but it is this new combination of success on the court and stability in her life that is creating new opportunities, for her and the people whose lives she touches.

I still dont think Serena Williams should be in the top 100 most influential people, dont get me wrong she is an amazing tennis player, but how can she really help open doors for other people.

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ash May 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

i duly believe you should give credit to serena. she is an ICON. she has made such a impressive impact on Tennis alone. people want to play because of her. Shes forever doing something positive by showing that yes you can come from the projects of compton and anywhere else for that matter and make it. its about finding balance and serena projects that… shes not just clouded in conquering tennis she is persistent in pursuing and living her own dream. now if that is not influential then your view does not relate to what influential is. that is just my own opinion.

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stetson thomas May 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

because she is african american and has broken boundaries in a caucasion dominated sport such as tennis!

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jordan June 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

“how can she open doors for other people?” are you serious.. how about being not only the best black player male or female, but being one of the best players of any race or gender in history. so many kids have picked up a raquet that otherwise wouldnt have because of Serena. And the fact that she has opened 2 schools in Africa, “opening doors”, for children who possibly wouldnt have gotten a proper eduacation without her devotion… what other tennis player has done these things in recent history, or at all… get real. I’m so sick of people not giving this wonderful woman the credit she deserves..

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jerry July 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Of course if this was Sharapova you would be able to understand it! Whats the problem Serena just to dark for ya?

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currywashington April 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

So here is why I dmire both Williams women. One..I am sure Venus is very proud of her younger sister. I remember a few years ago when these 2 little girls with the skinny arms and the beaded braids were almost bounching off the ground to be playing with the “big kids”. They hadn’t gone to the schools or camps. They had a father who talked trash, bragged too much, made enemies..but pushed them to the point where they were a force only a few short years later. But these women did something moe important than smash tennis records.When Serena decided she wanted a clothing line..she could have just attached her name. Instead,,she ENROLLED INTO a design school. She literally learned how to make clothes. ..they were horrible when she started..but now she has a multi million dollr clothing and accessory line. When she decided to open nail salons..she enrolled in the same course that any other technician woul be required to take..passed the course got licenced then open her shop around the world…did you see her giving Oprah the pedicure? Venus wanted to Interia Design? No problem..first design school…then VStar Designs. It was Venus Williams who design the prototype for what Olympic Competitors accomidations would be when New York was in the running for the games. It is VStar Designs that designs the Tavis Smiley and Charlie Rose Studios. In other words …these woman do the work required. They don’t take the easy way. There message..prepare yourself….they taught themselves several languages..read multi books..newspapers..own interest in a sporting team..get major endorsement…the least of what they deserve is a place on this list.

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