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Things We Saw Today: Fans Aren’t Happy About the French Open’s Treatment of Serena Williams Post-Baby

Serena Williams plays tennis at the 2017 Australian Open. Source: Shutterstock

Serena Williams, the greatest athlete in the world, had a baby in September and now her ranking has gone from 1 to 453 after fourteen months of not playing. In what is being called a sexist and biased act on the part of the World Tennis Association and French Open organizers, Williams was not seeded for the tournament she has won three times in the past (meaning she will have to play top seeds first).

There’s no doubt in my mind Williams will still be amazing, as she always has been in the fact of adversity, challenges, and discrimination, but this is a ridiculous call. The woman won the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant! Even Ivanka Trump called out the tournament, tweeting, “No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child!” A petition titled “Serena Williams Is Being Punished for Having a Baby” can be signed here. (via The Root)

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What did you see today, folks?

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