The Williams sisters were received by officials of ‘Breaking The Mould,’ BTM campaign.
Their visit is aimed at promoting the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across African continent. They are also scheduled to play exhibition matches and train kids.
They are in Nigeria to encourage more women to break moulds that have stood between them and their potentials.
The tennis super stars will also pay the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola a courtesy visit at the State House on Wednesday, after which they will head to a tennis clinic at Ikoyi Club, visit a puberty education class for girls then play an exhibition match before heading to South Africa on November 2.
The sisters, Serena, 31, and Venus, 32, are both counted among the world’s and United States’ most accomplished athletes, sharing 22 major women’s singles championships between them.
Both sisters have had the honor of being ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association at the World No. 1 position. In 2002, after the French Open, Venus Williams and Serena Williams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. During the 2010 French Open, they became the co-world no.1 players in women’s doubles, in addition to holding the top two positions in singles tennis as well.
Both players have won four gold medals at the Summer Olympics Games, one each in singles and three in doubles – which all they won together, the most of any tennis players. As a duo, they have also completed the Career Golden Slam in doubles.
They have played each other competitively in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches. Their overall head-to-head series is 13–10.