Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.
The Real Housewives of New York star spoke candidly about her alleged experience with the The Daily Beast in an article published on Friday, April 6.
My fight began when I was three and I haven’t taken a break since. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.
But as we know, too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success. These are laudable statements, and many would support them. The problem is that Serena Williams is also a vocal proponent of the Jehovah’s Witness religion, and has repeatedly associated herself with it, even to the extent of frequently thanking Jehovah for winning tennis matches for her.
One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw. And Jehovah’s Witness teachings emphatically disagree with .
People call me one of the “world’s greatest female athletes”. Women in the Witness religion are indeed treated very much in the way that Williams rails against; judged and restricted very much by their gender and not their abilities or dreams.