Writing About Serena Williams Is Writing About America

From an Inside the Times column by Emmett Lindner headlined “Writing About Serena Is Writing About America”:

On Monday, the tennis star Serena Williams walked onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York before a crowd of nearly 24,000. It was the opening night of the U.S. Open tournament, which she has won six times. Public figures including President Bill Clinton, Queen Latifah and Anna Wintour watched from the stands. The buzz was palpable, the air in the stadium, electric — those watching knew it would probably be Ms. Williams’s last tournament.