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Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has resigned as a Reddit board member and called on officials to fill his seat with a black candidate to help "curb racial hate".

The 37-year-old investor, who co-founded the popular news aggregation site, announced his resignation in an impassioned statement on Friday, revealing he wanted to do more to support the black community in honor of Alexis Olympia, the 2-year-old daughter he shares with 38-year-old tennis icon Williams, who is black.

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"I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate," Ohanian shared.

"It is long overdue to do the right thing. I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'"

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Ohanian, who was estimated to have a net worth of $70 million in a Forbes magazine article last year, went on to explain he will be using "future gains" from his shares in Reddit to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate", starting with a $1 million donation to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to fight police brutality.

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Serena Williams won her first tennis title in three years at the Auckland Classic on Sunday. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat unseeded fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-4 to win her 73rd WTA title overall.

It is Williams' first title since she won the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia in 2017.

"It feels good. It's been a long time," Williams said. "I think you could see the relief on my face."

"I have been playing for so long and been through so much and I'm happy to be doing something I love," she told reporters.

The 38-year-old mother of one celebrated with her 2-year-old daughter Olympia on the court. Williams will donate her $43,000 prize money and her match-worn tennis dresses to a fund to battle bush fires in Australia.

Williams seeks to tie tennis legend Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open, beginning on January 20.

Williams and her doubles partner Caroline Wozniacki were beaten 6-4 6-4 by Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend in the women's doubles final.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter.com to congratulate Williams on her big win. Trump called Williams "a great player and an even greater person."

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One of Venus and Serena Williams' 19 siblings is speaking out about their father, Richard Williams, whom she calls a "serial cheat."

Sabrina, 55, is Richard's firstborn daughter. She is speaking out for the first time about her famous father, who left home to buy her a bicycle when she was 8 years old, and never returned.

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Sabrina says Richard abandoned his family and ran off with another woman. The other woman later became his wife and bore him 2 girls - Venus and Serena - who went on to become tennis superstars.

"My mom told me later that he's never coming back," Sabrina said. "We went from having everything to nothing. The best dresses, parties, we'd go places. Now there was no new shoes or clothes. He's not a dad. He was just a sperm donor."

Despite growing up estranged from her famous siblings, Sabrina said she holds no animosity towards them and she hopes one day they can all meet and put the past behind them.

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Richard, 77, is pictured at a tennis match with his ex-wife Lakeisha Graham in 2012. She is the mother of his youngest child, Dylan.

Sabrina said she knows of between 15 and 19 siblings that Richard fathered. She believes there may be more siblings in the wild.

"I know there's more siblings, I was told between fifteen and nineteen all over the place, from LA to Louisiana," she told SunOnline.

"My mom always argued with my dad about his affairs, he was a serial cheat. I remember that was always the main thing they'd talk about."

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After suffering abuse at the hands of her mother for years, Sabrina left home at age 20 or 21 and slept in her car for six months.

"Somehow I got hold of my dad through a relative and asked for $1,000 to pay some of the college bill at Hope Christian University," she told SunOnline.

"He said he'd only give me the money as a loan. That's when I knew he was an a**hole."

Sabrina, who has two sons, says she met her famous siblings for the first time at Knott's Berry Farm, a theme park in California. The sisters were there with Richard.

"I saw him and thought: 'Hey, that looks like my dad."

"I went over, we exchanged hellos, and we hung out for an hour, that was it. He gave me his number and told me to call him, then guess what? The number he gave me was out of order."

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Serena Williams continues to praise her bestie Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for traveling across the pond to support her at the U.S. Open women's final last week.

Serena, 37, says she is appreciative of Meghan, who made the international flight from London to New York to watch Serena take on Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu in the women's final championship.

Bianca, 19, beat Serena in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win her first ever major title.

According to rumormongers, Serena was fearful that Megan would jinx her chances of tying Australian tennis legend Margaret Court for most women's Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

Meghan didn't stick around to hang out with her pal in New York City after the tennis match.

According to The Times, Meghan's trip was "last-minute" and Meghan was "excited to support her friend, and then come back."

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"Meghan is amazing," Serena told E! News at NYFW, where she presented her new capsule line "S by Serena" on Tuesday.

"She literally flew across the seas just to support for a few hours with a newborn baby," Serena said.

"She is the most positive, amazing human that I know," Serena gushed. "Everyone needs to know how amazing she is. I don't know if I could have done that with my daughter at that age. But she did it. And that shows the kind of person that she is."

Serena's camp was reportedly "concerned" that Meghan's presence at the Open would be a bad omen for Serena. She lost the Wimbledon championship with Meghan in attendance earlier this year.

A source told Page Six, that Serena asked her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, if the Duchess should attend the women's final because Serena is "superstitious".

But a separate source told Page Six, "Serena adores Meghan and she's so excited about her coming to the Open."

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23-time Grand Slam Champion, Olympian & Designer Serena Williams attended 'Real Talk with Two Female Champions Inspiring the Next Generation' as part of New York Fashion Week: The Talks on Monday, Sept. 9 in NYC.

The well-attended event was presented by Wheaties at Spring Studios.

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Serena Williams (L) and Chief Marketing Officer of Endeavor, Bozoma Saint John pose for photos during 'Real Talk with Two Female Champions Inspiring the Next Generation' as part of New York Fashion Week: The Talks.

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Bozoma "Boz" Saint John (R) is the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor. Previously, she served as Chief Brand Officer at Uber until June 2018. St. John was also a marketing executive at Apple Music.

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Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray attends 'Breakfast of Champions' presented by Wheaties during NYFW: The Shows at Spring Studios on September 09, 2019 in New York City.

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Journalist Alicia Quarles attends 'Breakfast of Champions' presented by Wheaties during NYFW: The Shows at Spring Studios on September 09, 2019 in New York City.

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Serena Williams was reportedly "worried" about bestie Meghan Markle's presence at her U.S. Open championship match against Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu, 19.

Bianca beat Serena in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win her first ever major title.

Meghan flew to New York City on a budget commercial airline to watch her bestie try to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women's final on Saturday.

Serena's camp was reportedly "concerned" that Meghan's presence would be a bad omen for Serena, who loses whenever Meghan watches her play.

According to Page Six, Serena, who turns 38 this month, asked her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, if the Duchess should attend the women's final because Serena is "superstitious".

"Serena asked her coach about Meghan coming when she won last night and everyone is worried, as tennis players are very superstitious, and Serena lost when Meghan came to watch her at Wimbledon," a source told Page Six.

A separate source told Page Six, "Serena adores Meghan and she's so excited about her coming to the Open."

But Serena is reportedly so superstitious that she wears the same dirty socks every day of a 2-week tennis tournament.

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Serena's coach (pictured in the player's box with Meghan on Saturday) said Meghan's presence at the Open would not be a distraction for Serena.

"There will be 22,000 people in the stadium, 23,000, actually. One more or less won't change a thing."

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Serena has not been herself since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 2 years ago.

She reached four major finals since becoming a mother - Wimbledon twice and the US Open twice - but she lost all four times to much younger opponents.

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Mouratoglou practically guaranteed Serena would beat Andreescu. He said Serena is not the same woman who lost to 20-year-old tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka at last year's US Open.

"It's totally different situation now, because now she can move," said Mouratoglou of Serena.

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Mouratoglou blamed Serena's losses on motherhood. Daughter Alexis Jr. is pictured above with Serena's husband, Reddit.com co-founder Alexis Ohanian in January.

"The first problem she had was not an injury, but her body transformed to become a mother," he said. "You don't come back to your previous body, which is the body of a professional top athlete, overnight. So that was the first goal, to be completely in shape and able to perform at the highest level physically."

"She finally got rid of her knee problem, and she was able to run without thinking about her knee. So now it's several weeks in a row, so I think her fitness just went up and up, and I think her movement now is better than I have ever seen since she became a mother."

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Four years ago, then 15-year-old junior tennis player Bianca Andreescu wrote herself a $3.3 million check and declared herself the winner of the U.S. Open.

"I just kept visualizing this moment and I just never let up and kept fighting for my dreams."

On Saturday, Andreescu's dreams became reality as she defeated tennis superstar Serena Williams in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to win the U.S. Open women's championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, NY.

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The giddy 19-year-old collected the winner's trophy and the top prize of $3.85 million.

Williams feared Andreescu would be an obstacle to tying Margaret Court's major singles titles record.

During a post-workout interview with ESPN a week ago, Williams pointed to Andreescu's name on the board and predicted the youngster would advance to the U.S. Open final.

On Saturday Andreescu quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening game of the 1st set.

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After dropping the first set 3-6, Williams turned to her box, where bestie Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat with her coach, and wailed, "I can't get my serve in!"

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The NY crowd roared as Williams rallied from 1-5 down in the 2nd set to even the set at 5-all.

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With Williams serving at 5-6, Andreescu crushed a forehand winner into the corner to end Williams's quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.

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Andreescu is the first Canadian - man or woman - to win a Grand Slam title.

During the post-match interview with ESPN, the giggling teen recalled writing that imaginary US Open check to herself four years ago.

When asked if she wrote herself a check for "3 point whatever million," Andreescu laughed and said, "Well, back then it wasn't that much."

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Andreescu was ranked No. 208 just a year ago. She didn't even qualify to play in the U.S. Open last year.

But after sitting out 3 months with an injured shoulder, Andreescu returned to dominate the women's pro tour.

Andreescu got everyone's attention when she knocked off 8 of the world's top 10 women players on her way to a 8-0 record in just eight months.

Andreescu's impressive victories include a default win in the Rogers Cup championship in Toronto last month when Williams retired with a back injury while down 1-3 in the 1st set.
It was the first Rogers Cup title for a Canadian in 50 years.

Court was not in attendance to watch Williams make another run at her major singles record. The Australian will not be invited back to the US Open after comments she made about the homosexual community in 2017.

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who is openly lesbian, was fully supportive of Court's banishment and Williams making history.

"It'll be great if she won this and went on to Australia and broke [the record]. That's my prayer," said King before the final match in the tennis center that bears her name.

 

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Duchess Meghan Markle flew to New York City on a budget commercial airline to watch her bestie, Serena Williams try to win her 24th Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women's final in Flushing, NY on Saturday.

Meghan was heavily criticized for flying on private jets with her husband Prince Harry after both have expressed environmental concerns in the past.

Williams will take on Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who needed all the tools in her powerful arsenal to defeat Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in Thursday's women's quarterfinals.

Bencic, 22, knocked off the defending U.S. Open women's singles champ Naomi Osaka earlier this week.

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Williams, who is nearing retirement at age 37, easily ousted No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the 1st women's quarterfinals match on Thursday to advance to the final.

"To be in yet another final, it seems, honestly, crazy," said Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion. "But I don't really expect too much less."

Andreescu makes her first ever appearance in the US Open finals. Thursday's win marked her 12th consecutive victory as she became the first Canadian woman to reach the US Open finals.

The 19-year-old is the odds on favorite going into the finals against Williams.

"I don't think anyone [is] surprised," said Bencic when asked if Andreescu's run to the final was unexpected. "Honestly, she won Indian Wells, Toronto. She beat so many great players. I definitely was not surprised. I don't think anyone should be."

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Meghan and Harry, pictured with American power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z in London, were branded as hypocrites for their costly habit of flying in private jets after claiming to be advocates for the environment and campaigning against climate change.

Meghan and Harry's reps argued that the couple's private jets leave a teeny weeny carbon footprint in the earth's atmosphere. And besides that, they only flew on private jets four times in the past 2 weeks.

The British press reports that Meghan silenced her critics by catching a "last minute flight" on a "commercial airliner" out of London to NYC, but they didn't identify the airline carrier.

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Pregnant Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle traveled to New York City from London, England to attend her star-studded baby shower on Tuesday. Meghan and her close friend, tennis superstar Serena Williams were seen arriving back to the Mark Hotel after attending a girls lunch at The Surrey Hotel in New York.

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