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Serena Williams Wants to Bring One of the Biggest Professional Tennis Tournaments to Kenya

The tennis star spoke to BBC Sport about her dream of bringing a WTA tournament to the continent for the first time.

Serena Williams is no stranger to shattering barriers, and now she's on to another project that has the potential to break even more. The tennis star wants to bring one of the game's top tournaments to the continent for the first time ever.

In a new interview, Williams spoke to BBC Sport about her dream of bringing the WTA tour—organized by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to Kenya, which she says is "one of her favorite places."


She explained her plan further:

It is something I have thought about and I would like to keep thinking about it. I'm glad you brought it up because I think it would be amazing. It would be so fun - the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the amazing players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable."

If there is anyone who can make this happen, it's Serena.

The 23-time grand slam winner is also on a mission to bring awareness to the complications that black women in the United States face during childbirth. The athlete, suffered a pulmonary embolism after giving birth to her first child via c-section.

"Because of what I went through, it would be really difficult if I didn't have the healthcare that I have - and to imagine all the other women that do go through that without the same healthcare, without the same response, it's upsetting," she told the BBC.

"It may be time for women to be comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations," she continued.

The athlete is preparing to return to the upcoming WTA tournament, just six months after giving birth. What can't this woman do?

Watch the full interview now, via BBC Africa.

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Relive OkayAfrica & Nike's Epic Naija Worldwide Bash in This New Video

Get a glimpse of the fun and good vibes featuring Burna Boy, Laolu Senbanjo, DJ Tunez and more.

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Naija Worldwide, presented by OkayAfrica and Nike, was the epitome of summertime vibes in Brooklyn this summer.

Partygoers came through to The Well to celebrate Nike's triumphant Nigeria kits as Team Nigeria headed to Russia with style. In this recap video, you'll get a glimpse of the fun along with some familiar faces like Laolu Senbanjo, DJ Moniki, DJ Moma and DJ Tunez, along with our surprise performance guest, Burna Boy.

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The Super Eagles Stylishly Beat Iceland in the World Cup & Nigerians Are Going Crazy

All of the best social media reactions from Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland.

Nigeria just beat Iceland 2-0 in of the World Cup, leaving them second in Group D.

The Super Eagles started the game in shy form, putting together a first half performance that was at times cold and even dicey.

However, the second half saw the team wake up and fully charge forward. A change of formation had them attacking a lot more, which opened up a counter attack that led to Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa's incredible control touch and strike for the Super Eagles' first goal.

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This New EP Traces Africa's Musical Influences Across Cuba, Brazil & the U.S.

Listen to our premiere of the DJ Jigüe's Afrosekuela EP.

DJ Jigüe is a selector who blends experimental electronic music with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms.

In his new 3-song EP, Afrosekuela, the DJ and producer explores three different regions that have been strongly influenced and shaped by the African diaspora: Brazil, Cuba and the United States.

"Ponte de Pie" was inspired by hip-hop and the underground electronic music of Detroit. It samples the Sugar Hill Gang's iconic chorus from "Rapper's Delight."

The second track "Afrosekuela" is a sonic meeting of Angolan kuduro rhythms with Afro-Cuban drums. While "Bateria Perfecta" highlights the Africa's influence on Brazilian rhythms and percussion.

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