๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ Weโ€™re here for Naomi โ€” and celebrate Coco, Odicci and Simone

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๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ Weโ€™re here for Naomi โ€” and celebrate Coco, Odicci and Simone


After Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open, citing mental health in her choice to “take some time away from the court,” the sports world stood in solidarity with the 23-year-old half-Japanese, half-Haitian tennis star, who takes much pride in being a Black woman. And in the week and a half since Osaka’s impactful decision, that’s actually exactly who stepped up and showed out: Black women athletes. There was Odicci Alexander, the softball pitcher from James Madison who took over the Women’s College World Series after she led her mid-major team to stun No. 1 Oklahoma. She was the reason JMU became the first unranked team in history to advance to the WCWS semifinals, and earned every second of the standing ovation she received upon leaving the game when the Cinderella squad’s run came to an end. Simone Biles — the self-bedazzled greatest of all time, and rightfully so — claimed her seventh national all-around championship, the most in U.S. women’s gymnastics history (while also going viral for fixing her young teammate’s hair). And at the French Open, 17-year-old Coco Gauff became the youngest American woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Venus Williams in 1997. While we await Osaka’s return to the court (and hope she takes all the time she needs away from tennis), her fellow athletes are making it clear that Black women in sports are here to stay.

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