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The New York Times recently profiled Serena Williams for a about Williams’ impact on tennis, her legacy of Black Excellence, and how she has managed to triumph in a world that wasn’t meant for her to succeed while still remaining her authentic self.

Part of why we love Williams is that she comes across as graceful and determined, even when it comes to frustrating moments that she could melt down about. That being said, in the NYT profile, the interviewer asked her how she felt about coming in second to Maria Sharapova on Forbes’ highest paid female athletes list.

Fun fact: Sharapova makes more money than Williams despite the fact that Williams leads Sharapova 18-2 in their on-court meetings. But Williams, who is very aware of the racism and sexism around her, takes it in stride and delivered a firm and effective response:

‘‘If they want to market someone…

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