Venus and Serena Williams, Â who together have been the dominant force in American tennis for the past decade, recently went to Soweto, South Africa, to give a clinic on the sport to the young kids there.
The Williams sisters have traveled to South Africa to promote the sport among Africans, and especially girls, after a similar visit to Nigeria earlier this week.
Organisers of the tour, called â€śBreaking the Mouldâ€ť, hope to inspire girls to reach for their dreams in a continent where womenâ€™s rights often lag behind.
â€śHaving the opportunity to show these women you can break the mould â€¦ can really create champions,â€ť Serena told an earlier media conference.
â€śObviously thereâ€™s tonnes of potential in town here on this continent,â€ť her sister Venus agreed.
Some have grabbed onto their message in this formerÂ blacks-only suburb southwest of central Johannesburg, where the countryâ€™s first black president Nelson Mandela and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu used to live.
â€śHere at the courts they call me Little Serena because I have what it takes to be her,â€ť says Mmabatho Makgale, 12, after playing on the starâ€™s side in a mini-doubles match against Venusâ€™s team. Team Serena won.
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