Katie Lund: "Serena Williams has broken barriers for women"

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Katie Lund: "Serena Williams has broken barriers for women"

On International Women's Day, the National Women's Soccer League shared an Instagram thread of their players naming the person who inspires them the most. Katie Lund, the goalkeeper of Racing Louisville FC, told Serena Williams is the woman who had inspired her the most.

Lund, praising the US tennis legend's commitment, said: "Serena Williams has broken barriers for women and she continues to be the best." Portland Thorns center fielder Becky Sauerbrunn has named Billie Jean King as her inspiration.

She said: "Everything she's fought for for gender equality has been so profound and she's had such an impact. And she's still so invested. She's someone I really admire." Serena Williams and Billie Jean King, in addition to being two legends of the sport, are also considered bulwarks of the defense of gender equality and their fight for equal pay and poverty alleviation for women has earned them the respected by many around the world.

Serena Williams' farewell

Serena Williams has undoubtedly been an icon of women's tennis throughout her splendid career, giving so much to the movement and to the rivals themselves with her enormous talent and achievements.

The US champion recently retired from the world of sport, after having rewritten a series of records, including 23 Grand Slam titles out of a total of 73 in the WTA Tour, an absolute record in the Open Era, including men too, given that the Spaniard Rafael Nadal is currently stuck at 22.

After a year away from official competitive tournaments, the US made herself seen again by fans from all over the world at Wimbledon, thanks to a wild card granted by the organizers. In that circumstance the 41-year-old gave her all but she immediately stopped in the main draw after a great battle.

In Toronto she manages to win a match before being eliminated by Belinda Bencic, while in Cincinnati the most fit British Emma Raducanu, already winner of the US Open 2021, gave her nothing, beating her in two quick sets.

Just in New York she bids farewell to tennis, paying homage to the crowd first of all with some incredible performances. She hits the first success on Kovinic on her debut and then gives herself a ticket for the third round, settling number two on the draw Anett Kontaveit in three sets.

She became the only athlete to beat a top 10 player for four consecutive decades. Aija Tomljanovic then did not leave her a chance at the end of a very tough challenge and greeted all her fans in tears.

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