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Serena Williams playing at the 2013 U.S. Open | Edwin Martinez

Serena Williams playing at the 2013 U.S. Open | Edwin Martinez

August 31, 2022

A Look at Serena Williams' Legacy As She Nears Retirement

Ask Students: What will be some of the things Williams is remembered for, according to this story? When did Williams start playing tennis professionally?

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Summary

This week, Serena Williams takes the court at the U.S. Open to compete in what is expected to be the last Grand Slam of her legendary career. No one denies that she’s changed the game and many consider her the greatest tennis player of all time. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Who is Serena Williams?
  2. What will be some of the things Williams is remembered for, according to this story?
  3. When did Williams start playing tennis professionally?
  4. Why is Williams retiring now?
  5. How will Williams seek to stay a public figure after retirement?

Focus Questions

How do you think Williams has impacted U.S. society and culture beyond her tennis records? What do you think will be the most important part of her legacy?

Media Literacy: Do you think stories about leading sports figures are important to include in national news? Why or why not?

Additional Resource

How are the pressures faced by women athletes different from male athletes? How is Serena’s life and career an example of some of these differences? For more background on her life and legacy and the unique challenges she faced, read this story.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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