It was an edgy, powerful, emotional Australian Open final in which Serena Williams set the Open Era record with her 23rd Grand Slam title by beating her older sister, Venus, in straight sets. The Williams Sisters have long been models of tennis greatness. They have shown grace and confidence to rise above all the slurs that come from being a powerful black American woman in sports.
And they’ve given us a new view of competition along the way.
In her on-court remarks, Venus told her sister, “Your win has always been my win. … I’m enormously proud of you. You mean the world to me.”
Serena returned the love saying “There’s no way I would be at 23 without her. There’s no way I would be at one without her. There’s no way I would have anything without her. She’s my inspiration.”
See, competition isn’t always about wanting to destroy the person on the other side of the net. It’s about the other person drawing out the best in us, pushing us to uncomfortable places where we discover strength. Nothing demonstrates this as vibrantly as the competition, love and respect of a Venus and Serena match.