After Routing Sister, Serena Praises a Fan in the Stands

She says everyone should be 'grateful and honored' for Colin Kaepernick
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 1, 2018 5:29 AM CDT
Serena Routs Venus, Salutes a Notable Fan in the Stands
Serena Williams, left, meets her sister Venus Williams after their match.   (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? The Williams sisters learned long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as professionals that they had to view each other only as opponents—and in Serena's eyes, Venus is the best one she's ever played. "Even though it's difficult, especially for me," Serena said, "we just do the best that we can." On Friday, it was perhaps the best she's ever done against Venus. Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister with a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the third round of the US Open, per the AP.

The match made headlines for non-tennis reasons, too. Afterward, Serena said everybody "should be completely grateful and honored" for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid," notes the AP. Kaepernick and Reid, two former San Francisco 49ers now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during the match. Reid raised his fist and Kaepernick smiled for the fans. "I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good," Serena said. "I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change."

(More Serena Williams stories.)

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