Serena Williams Has A Message For Everyone Who Wants Her To Shut Up And Play
Super mom and Super World Tennis Champion, Serena Williams has a message for critics who want her to keep quiet about social issues and just play tennis. “The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I’m in my grave,” Williams vowed at a press conference on Saturday.
Soccer sensation Megan Rapinoe quickly echoed the comments.
“You know what? I’m gonna fight for equal pay every day, for myself, for my team, and for every single person out there,” Rapinoe said on NBC, adding: “Man, woman, immigrant, U.S. citizen, person of color, whatever it may be. ‘Equal pay,’ as the great Serena Williams said, ‘til I’m in my grave.’”
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Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles, fell just short on Saturday in her quest to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24. She lost in the Wimbledon finals to Simona Halep.
Throughout her career, Williams has been severely criticized for being outspoken on issues such as sexism, racism and the gender pay gap, especially as it related to women of color. But more recently that criticism came from a surprising source: tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King.
King suggested earlier in the tournament that if Williams wanted a crack at the record, she should give up being a celebrity for a year and a half.
“No more Met Galas,” King told the BBC. “Just stop all this insanity because she is trying to be everything.”
King was quick to add that this advice was for Williams if her main goal was to continue to break tennis records.
“If she is quite happy the way she is, then fine,” King said.
Serena Williams Rides An Exercise Bike With Daughter Between Wimbledon Matches
This was a heartwarming bonding moment between mother and daughter. Check out Williams holding the cutie as she rode an exercise bike between matches on Tuesday at Wimbledon.
The tennis queen wrote on her Instagram story that she was cooling down with her daughter. This was after beating Alison Riske in the singles quarterfinals.
The bonding time was obviously in order. Because later in the day Williams paired up with Andy Murray in mixed doubles. They prevailed over Raquel Atawo and Frenchman Fabrice Martin.
It was a win-win ― for Alex Olympia, too, who got a kiss from her mum in the video.
Source: Huffington Post