On Saturday morning, Serena Williams took the court for a contest against Simona Halep in the women’s Wimbledon final.
Williams entered the match as the favorite and owned a 9-1 record against Halep.
However, Saturday’s match was all Halep – who said she had never played a better round. Halep walked out with a win in dominant fashion, winning the Wimbledon title in straight sets against arguably the best to ever play the game.
After the loss, Williams sat down for a post-match interview in which she was asked about comments made by Billie Jean King.
King suggested Williams should “give up being a celebrity” for a year-and-a-half to focus on playing tennis.
Williams made it clear her work fighting for equality will never cease – not as long as she’s alive.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2019
Her statement comes in response to King’s comments made to the BBC before the tournament started.
“This is just a wish I have, it’s not fair to her, but I wish she would just make a commitment for the next year-and-a-half to two years and just say, ‘I’m going to absolutely devote what’s necessary for my tennis so when I look in the mirror when I’m older that I can go back in my mind and know I gave everything I had and be happy,'” King said.
“Quite frankly, if I were Serena, I would give up being a celebrity for a year and a half.”
It looks like Serena won’t be taking suggestions from the former tennis star.