Coco Gauff was one of them. At 18 years old, she was born five years after Williams’ first Grand Slam singles title. Today, she’s ranked 12th in the WTA rankings.
“Growing up, I never thought I was different,” she said, “because the number one player in the world was somebody who looked like me.”
As Williams plays in what may be the final matches of her career, in the U.S. Open, Chanda Rubin of Tennis Channel reflects on Williams’ career and her legacy.
This episode also features reporting on the Williams family’s time in Compton, California, from NPR’s Danny Hajek.
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