Serena Williams threw some shade on Simona Halep as the American tennis icon was caught liking a post that was strongly condemning "cheaters." On Tuesday, Halep received a four-year ban by the independent tribunal in her doping case.
Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, was found guilty by the independent tribunal of committing two anti-doping offenses. The news quickly went viral and many within the tennis community reacted. Nicole Gibbs, a former American tennis player, made a post on X that read: “Such a disappointment when you discover like half of your heroes from your sports days were cheating.
Just so so frustrating and makes sports so dumb – not a fair fight and makes you wonder how many are skating by unnoticed (I think probably a lot)”. Williams was caught liking the post but it's not available anymore since Gibbs deleted it.
After deleting post, Gibbs clarified: "Okkkkk - believe it or not did not set out to say anything controversial today. My understanding was that a verdict was delivered, and my stance is against cheating in sport. That is all that was intended.
Deleting the tweet and closing Twitter for another year lmao."
Okkkkk - believe it or not did not set out to say anything controversial today. My understanding was that a verdict was delivered, and my stance is against cheating in sport.
That is all that was intended. Deleting the tweet and closing Twitter for another year lmao 👍🏼. — Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) September 12, 2023
Williams took another shot at Halep
In the 2019 Wimbledon final, Halep saw off Williams 6-2 6-2 to win her first Wimbledon title and her second Grand Slam title.
With that loss, Williams remained on seven Wimbledon titles and she never again made the final at The All England Club. After the Halep suspension news, Williams posted a short message that was clearly a reference to the 2019 Wimbledon final.
“8 is a better number," Williams wrote on X.
Meanwhile, Williams finished her career with 23 Grand Slam titles and the 2017 Australian Open title turned out to be the final Slam win of her career. In the end, Williams fell just short of tying or breaking Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slams.
8 is a better number. — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 12, 2023
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