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Serena Williams speaks to CNN on the red carpet of the 2011 Essence Black Women of Hollywood Awards.

Serena Williams speaks to CNN on the red carpet of the 2011 Essence Black Women of Hollywood Awards.

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Serena Williams, a champion on and off court

Serena Jameka Williams is more than one of the greatest tennis players in the world. She comes from a Black American family that has come to epitomize what it means to consistently struggle and triumph to success in professional sports and in family life. Most importantly, however, is Serena’s demonstrated commitment to freedom, justice and equality.

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Serena Williams wins 18th grand slam

Serena Williams did it again.

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Serena Williams triumphs in U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows

17th grand slam title for the 31 year old American

Serena Williams retained her U.S. Open title with a hard-fought 7-5 6-7 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in an gripping final at Flushing Meadows Sunday.

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Serena Williams clarifies Steubenville rape comments

Tennis ace Serena Williams clarified Wednesday the controversial comments she made in a magazine article about the victim's role in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that garnered national headlines earlier this year.