Wimbledon 2016: When Serena Williams, you best listen up. She’s not your ordinary “female athlete” after all. In fact, she’ll have your head if you refer to her in that way.
Serena Williams has proven that she is not only the champion of the tennis court but also of speaking out against social issues like gender inequality!
Serena Williams has never been known to shy away from voicing her opinion out loud and with honesty. This became evident when she tweeted in outrage against Philando Castile shooting recently.
Wimbledon 2016 Semi-Finals
After easily crushing Elena Vesnina in a 6-2 6-0 victory in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2016, the 21-time Grand Slam champion addressed the press on Thursday, where she was asked an array of questions ranging from her career to her opinion on lower pay for female athletes.
“I don’t deserve to be paid less because of my sex,” replied Serena, when she was asked if she thought women athletes deserved to be paid as much as men, despite Women’s Singles comprising of three sets a match, as opposed to Men’s having 5.
When the same question was addressed to Novak Djokovic, back in March, he had spurred controversy by mentioning that men deserved to get paid more than women because of the simple reason that more people tend to watch Men’s Singles than Women’s.
He was forced to retract his comments and issue a public apology soon after, where he clarified by saying, “I don’t make any differences between the genders. I am for equality in the sport,” reports BBC.
When asked when Serena considered herself to be “one of the greatest female athletes of all time,” she swiftly replied in a short by direct statement, reports The Huffington Post:
“I prefer the word ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’”
There was a bitter tone to the reality that Serena put forward in front of the reporters in the press conference – the reality that she works just as hard as her male counterparts in her field of sport.
“Basically my whole life I’ve been doing this. I haven’t had a life,” stated Williams reports, “I would like to see people – the public, the press, other athletes in general – just realise and respect women for who they are and what we are and what we do.”
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