I am inspired by Obama: Serena Williams

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Melbourne, Jan 21: Though she is apolitical, Serena Willams said she cannot help, but was inspired by the impending inauguration of new US President Barack Hussain Obama. Serena said she was happy to talk about Obama following her first round win at the Australian Open on Wednesday, Jan 21.

According to Serena there are some parallels between her's and Venus's careers and Obama's. Serena said, "I definitely think myself and Venus have opened up a lot of doors, being the first African-Americans to do so much in tennis." She said Obama being the President of United States of America 'is an amazing moment of history.'

She was speaking after her successful win over Meng Yuan 6-3, 6-2. The nine-time Grand Slam Winner said, "I'm a big fan of African-American history, learning my roots so I can be a better person."

The two Williams sisters were brought up as Jehovah's Witnesses, a religion which does not allow its adherents to follow secular politics or cast votes in elections. While Serena was happy to speak about Obama, Venus was reluctant to comment.

"I really am not political at all. I don't take any political sides," Venus said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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