Despite announcing his retirement, Serena Williams is still among the most important figures in the world of tennis and collectively, sports. Thus, in a recent and highly controversial court proceeding, the name of the 23-time Grand Slam winner was taken.
Former American swimmer, Riley Gaines has been a heated topic in the news lately. Thus, she recently recalled the time when the Williams sisters lost against former ATP World no. 203 Karsten Braasch. Graines said that as a reply to Kelley Robinson stating that Serena Williams can beat men in tennis as she’s stronger than them.
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However, even Serena Williams doesn’t share the same opinion as Kelley Robinson. The 23-time Grand Slam winner has affirmed that the tennis played by men and women is totally different. She also disclosed that Andy Murray has asked her to have a match but she thinks that the match will end in just 5-10 minutes.
“Andy Murray. He has been joking about myself and him playing a match. And I’m like, Andy, seriously, like, are you kidding me? Because for me, tennis and men’s tennis and women’s tennis are completely almost two separate sports.”
Serena agrees with Riley Gaines.
She told Andy Murray to stop joking around when the woke Brit suggested they play a real match. pic.twitter.com/toxXrhJVR7
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Williams kept insisting that men’s tennis is a whole different sport as compared to what women play. She also quoted that men are way faster in addition to that, they also have powerful serves. Thus, Williams concluded that she don’t stand a chance against men in tennis.
“So, I’m like, if I were to play Andy Murray, I would lose 6-0, 6-0 in 5 to 6 minutes, maybe 10 minutes, because no, it’s true. It’s true. It’s a completely, it’s a completely different sport. The men are a lot faster and they get, they serve harder, they hit hard. It’s just a different game.”
Thus, sports should be fair for everyone. And that won’t be possible if biological men who identify themselves as women kept interfering with the women’s division.
Serena Williams addresses Billie Jean King’s intergender win
While being in an interview, Williams initially talked about Andy Murray joking about having a match against her. However, as she was going to conclude her answer, she didn’t hesitate in taking the name of tennis icon Billie Jean King, who is the only female winner in all the recorded tennis intergender fixtures.
“I love to play women’s tennis. And I, I only want to play girls because I don’t want to be embarrassed. I would not do the tour. I wouldn’t do Billie Jean any justice. So, Andy stop it. We’re not gonna, I’m not gonna let you kill me.” Williams concluded.
King defeated 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, who earlier defeated the likes of then World No. 1, Margaret Court (6-2, 6-1). At that time, Billie Jean King was 29 years old and she recorded a clear win over the former tennis player.