Serena Williams’s legacy is sealed, whether or not she ever hits a tennis ball again. Of course it’s sad she didn’t beat Bianca Andreescu at the finals of the U.S. Open Championships and match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. But her contributions to the game are much bigger than reaching another Grand Slam final.
There is a new generation of young women who are modeling their style of play on that of Serena and her sister Venus, dominating with grit and panache. The newcomers represent various races and nationalities, but women of color have been especially inspired in a sport where finding their likeness used to be rare.