“Freedom shouldn’t cost so much”
Former professional tennis player Martina Navratilova took to Twitter to react to a video of former Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko returning to his country which has been locked in a war with Russia for the past few months.
Shevchenko, winner of the Ballon d’Or in 2014, is a former professional footballer who played for notable clubs like AC Milan and Chelsea during his career. He also led the Ukrainian national football team to a quarter-final at the 2020 UEFA European Championships.
On October 4, Players’ Tribune Football tweeted a video of Shevchenko’s return to post-war Ukraine.
“Black. Flat. Destroyed. This is not a movie, this is real life.” 🇬🇧 This is @jksheva7’s (Andriy Shevchenko) return to Ukraine experience, they captioned the video.
Martina Navratilova retweeted the video and was appalled to learn of the conditions in the war-torn country. The multiple Grand Slam winner was dejected as she commented on the dire state of the country.
“Just brutal. Freedom shouldn’t cost so much!” Navratilova tweeted.
“For women it was either or, now Serena has proven you can have both” – Martina Navratilova praises Serena Williams for her contribution to the sport
Serena Williams dominated the sport for over two decades. During her illustrious career, she was the proud recipient of many honors and achievements. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in the open era of tennis. Williams not only won hearts by being one of the greatest in the game, but also by battling all the odds on her way to the zenith of the game.
Former US tennis player Martina Navratilova has praised the former world No. 1 for playing and winning a Grand Slam title despite being pregnant.
In a chat with CNN en Español, Navratilova credited Williams for proving that female athletes can now indulge in tennis and motherhood simultaneously. Martina Navratilova also hoped more players would continue to play in their 40s, like Williams.
“For the women it was one or the other, but now Serena has proven that you can have both. There are a lot of other mothers on the tour who have done very well. we didn’t see it – there’s a couple – the care wasn’t there, the money wasn’t there, and also the women just chose to have babies and then they’re not come back,” she said.
“But now I think Serena has kind of paved the way for motherhood and staying an athlete. I think you’ll see more and more women playing well in their 30s, maybe 40s,” said she added.