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Serena Williams pens heartfelt letter thanking her mom

She's a new mom to a baby girl, Alexis Olympia.

And Serena Williams, 35, posted a letter to her own mother, Oracene Price, in the wake of becoming one herself. 

The pro tennis star wrote the heartfelt note, thanking her mom for showing her how to be strong in a world with people who are 'too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.'

Looks up to her mom! Serena Williams, 35, posted a letter to her own mother, Oracene Price, in the wake of becoming a mother herself to newborn daughter Alexis Olympia

Looks up to her mom! Serena Williams, 35, posted a letter to her own mother, Oracene Price, in the wake of becoming a mother herself to newborn daughter Alexis Olympia

She began the letter with the ultimate compliment, telling her mom: 'You are the strongest woman I know.'

She then goes to to describe her young daughter as having her same arms and legs. 

'My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don't know how i would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since  I was 15 years old and even to this day.'

She credits her mom for teaching her how to react against the hate and ignorance in the world. 

Close bond: She began the letter with the ultimate compliment, telling her mom: 'You are the strongest woman I know'

Close bond: She began the letter with the ultimate compliment, telling her mom: 'You are the strongest woman I know'

'I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).'

She continued: 'But mom, I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.'

She reveals she is proud to be a role model for how unique and different women are: 'We don't all look the same.  We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!'

Proud of her body: She credits her mom for teaching her how to react against the hate and ignorance in the world

Proud of her body: She credits her mom for teaching her how to react against the hate and ignorance in the world

After sharing the words of wisdom she has learned over the years, she goes on to compliment her mother again.

'You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you.

Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all

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