Williams Sisters Inspire Local Kids in Nigeria

On their first visit to Nigeria, Serena and Venus Williams want to inspire local kids to set their goals high.

“We were really able to break the mold and win a lot of Grand Slams and a lot of tournaments and not only that, but kind of change the face of tennis,” Serena said Wednesday before an exhibition match against her sister in Lagos on Friday.

“We were able to break the mold in a sport that was really dominated by white people … it doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from. If you have dreams, if you have goals, that’s all that really matters.”

The sisters, accompanied by their mother Oracene Price, are in Nigeria’s largest city for the week.


Pictured: US tennis stars Venus (Center R) and Serena Williams (Center L) dance with children during a program entitled ‘Kick Like a Girl’, after an interactive session with students of the Federal Government College in the Ikoyi district of Lagos, on November 1, 2012. The Williams sisters, accompanied by their mother Oracene Price, are in Lagos, Nigeria as part of a two-nation tour to usher in a change to Nigerian tennis and empower women and young girls. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)