On this day, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadow, NY, Serena was able to finish the job that big sister Venus couldn’t, beating Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to capture the U.S. Open title.
In attendance with tears streaming down her eyes was Zina Garrison. Garrison, the former top-10 player, long carried the burden of being one of the few African-Americans in Tennis.
This was a big moment. Standing in their uniforms, African-American stadium workers hugged and high fived each other as Serena accepted the championship trophy.