By: Aleah Shell
On Saturday, Serena Williams and Simona Helop both played hard to win the Championship that took place in Wimbledon.
After losing to Helop in less than an hour with a final score of 6-2, 6-2 , Serena was asked some questions about a former tennis player and activist named Billie Jean King comments, who suggested that she took a break from activism to focus more on playing tennis.
Williams is a known advocate for equality in minorities and sports, especially for the pay of the Woman in tennis. She was in Nike’s equality campaign in 2017 and the narrator of Nike’s ad that featured female athletes in 2019.
"She's got business, a baby, she's trying to help gender equity, particularly for women of color, she's actually on the Billie Jean King leadership initiative, she and Venus are both advisors for it. [It makes winning a Slam] much harder. I would like to see her put everything else aside from that. She's got people working on these things." said King a month ago.
She is aware that it would be rude to ask this of her and took to Twitter to clear up her statement. “I would never ask anyone to stop fighting for equality. In everything she does, Serena shines a light on what all of us must fight for in order to achieve equality for all.” King said.
In response, Williams said, "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."
Although she has a lot going on, she will not rest or lighten up and will continue to put her all in everything that she does.
Serena Williams still has a chance to tie the record for this season at the U.S Open that will take place in August.