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Serena Williams: ‘Every Human’ Should Be ‘Completely Grateful’ for Colin Kaepernick

03 September, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Tennis star Serena Williams says ‘every human’ should be grateful for NFL national anthem protests

After winning the opening set against Kaia Kanepi in just 18 minutes and for the loss of six points, Williams found herself taken to a deciding set for the first time this tournament.

Tennis star Serena Williams said everyone should be "completely grateful" for the National Football League protests started by Colin Kaepernick and fellow San Francisco 49er Eric Reid.

Williams, whose daughter Olympia turned one on Saturday, is aiming to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title in NY.

"I know she was the best at that time, but I just wanted to win. I'm just happy to get through it, to be honest". "He hits the ball strong and has a big serve", said the world No.1.

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy", Thiem said.

"And I don't think it was capable of going up, because if it was at a 10, I was at a 15 or a 20 - and I'm still there".

"But in the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back".


Kaepernick also posted a photo of himself, Reid and his young niece meeting Serena in the locker room after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Venus.

For that bit of good fortune, Serena can thank Kaia Kanepi, who knocked out Halep on the tournament's first day.

If she beats Kanepi, she'll play either Karolina Pliskova or Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals. As noted by Yahoo, the two previously faced off at the U.S. Open, where the Czech player defeated the Compton native 2-6, 6-7 in the 2016 semifinals. Since then, Williams has continued drawing attention to police brutality as a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement-and used her own platform to start and continue important conversations.

Williams returned to tournament play in February.

"That desire has not gone down at all", she said. A couple of loose points gifted Kanepi a break in the first game of the second set, however, and she couldn't get back on terms.

If she defeats Pliskova she could face defending champion and fellow American Sloane Stephens in the last four.

But after compiling 14 winners and only two unforced errors in that set, Williams began making mistakes, becoming less and less comfortable as Kanepi grew increasingly so. Respect for both what they have done in their careers and to see them play at their age still, keep on going. I'm feeling great now, too.

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