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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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