Serena Williams shares ongoing struggles in the world of professional tennis: 'I don't want to blend in'

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Tennis champ Serena Williams wore this designer tutu to Roland Garros after the catsuit that made her feel like a “warrior princess from Wakanda” (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Tennis champ Serena Williams wore this designer tutu to Roland Garros after the catsuit that made her feel like a “warrior princess from Wakanda” (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

She's topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid women in sport four times in a row and has made a staggering $93 million (R1,5 billion) in career prize money – twice as much as any other woman. 

Yet despite her spectacular success, Serena Williams says she feels “undervalued and underpaid” and has had to grow a thick skin to deal with the rampant sexism and racism she’s experienced on court. Not to mention body shaming. 

In a new interview with British Vogue, the tennis superstar talks candidly about how tough it is being a black woman in what she says is still predominantly a white man’s sport and how she’s steadfastly refused to bow to norms and conventions.  

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