The world champion is being criticized over comments she made about the victim of the Steubenville Ohio rape case. A 16-year-old girl who was raped by high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond, who were each sentenced to a year in juvenile jail in March this year.
During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Serena blamed the girl for putting herself in a position where the boys could rape her. She said:
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? (The high school football player).
They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”
Serena Williams was blasted on social media by people who were outraged by her remarks.
Serena Williams has been named WTA Player of the Year after one of the most successful seasons in her career.
The 31-year-old won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open to take her grand-slam haul in singles to 15 while she also won Olympic gold in singles and doubles in London.
After a relatively slow start to the year, Williams was virtually unstoppable from April to October which she won 48 of her 50 matches, culminating in the title at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Williams, who ended the year No.3 in the rankings but clearly the outstanding player, has now won the WTA award four times, having also taken it in 2002, 2008 and 2009.
The award is voted for by international tennis media.
Venus Williams has arrived Lagos, Nigeria aboard Turkish Airline and was received at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Ikeja, Lagos. Her sister is expected to arrive aboard Arik Air at 9pm today.
The sisters will be lodged at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos Island.
Tommorrow Wednesday, Serena and Venus are expected to pay a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola at the State House in Marina, with a media parley and a tennis clinic to hold at the Tennis Section of Ikoyi Club.
On Thursday, the tennis legends will pay a visit to the Government College, Osborne Road, Ikoyi and a red carpet Gala slated for the Federal Palace Hotel in the evening.
Another exhibition match at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan is scheduled for Friday before their departure that day.