Tennis player Serena Williams became the main heroine of the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar US. In the pictures, the 37-year-old athlete poses in front of the lens of the British photographer Alexi Lubomirski in gowns of gold and nude. As stated in the publication, published images are not retouched.
Tennis player wrote an essay specifically for the issue, in which she told about her last year’s defeat at a match with Naomi Osaka during the US Open Tennis Championship. Recall that then Williams strongly reacted to the remark of Judge Carlos Ramos about the tips of her coach, who he gave from the podium. According to the athlete, after this incident, for a long time she could not pick up a racket. To recover, she needed a course of psychotherapy.
“I was wounded in the heart and tried to compare this case with other failures in my career. However, this game was special, historical. I constantly thought about whether I could behave differently, whether I was right. Why, when women express their emotions, they are called crazy hysterics, but when men in similar situations do the same, they are called hot-tempered and strong? I did not seek to escape punishment. I just wanted to be treated the same as the others. But we, unfortunately, live in a completely different world, ”said the American.
Williams commented on the fight against injustice and the strength of voice.
“Since childhood, I felt the need to express my opinion and be heard. Being the youngest of five daughters, I realized that I must fight for everything I want. And I will never stop speaking out against injustice. From the beginning of my career I was insulted many times, called me with all possible words. I was paid less because of my gender. I was penalized for playing in the grand slam finals because I expressed my opinion and chuckled too loudly. I was brazenly deceived, after which the Hawk-Eye system began to be applied in all matches. And these are just the cases that viewers are aware of. In short, my path has always been difficult. But, remembering him, I think of the next girl who is like me, who will come to this world. Maybe my voice will help her, ”she wrote.
You can read the full interview here.
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