“Enabled Us to Have All the Benefits”: Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu Thank Billie Jean King For Her Contribution to Women’s Tennis

Published 08/18/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Serena Williams of USA shares a joke with Billie Jean King after her win over Simona Halep of Romania in the final during day seven of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Billie Jean King is one of the reasons why modern tennis is structured the way that it is. It is because of her and her team’s efforts that women players receive an equal prize money in the sport today. As a result, almost all tennis players including the likes of Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu, and others are big fans of the former American player.

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In a recent video, both Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu thanked Billie Jean King for all the things that she has done for the sport. Andreescu highlighted that the former World No.1 player has had a huge impact on her life and she is one of the reasons why the Canadian is a tennis player today.

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“I literally wouldn’t be here without you, your help, and I’m just super grateful for you and the impact that you’ve had on my life,” said Andreescu.

It is not the first time when Andreescu has lauded Jean King. Recently, when the Original Nine celebrated the fifty years of their movement, she was one of the first ones to thank them for their efforts.

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“Thank you so much for everything”: Serena Williams to Billie Jean King

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23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams hailed Jean King for her revolutionary steps in women’s tennis. She mentioned that she always tells people that tennis players are lucky to have a person like her around them who fought for their rights. She also thanked the 12-time singles Grand Slam champion for her contribution to the sport.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“Hey Billie, thank you so much for everything that you have done for women’s sport, and women’s tennis. I tell so many people that us, tennis players are so fortunate because we had someone named Billie Jean King and enabled us to have all the benefits that we have today. So, thank you so much Billie, I love you so much and thank you for being you. I love you,” said Serena.

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Serena Williams hasn’t played a professional match since the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Fans hope that she will return to the court as soon as possible and be available for the US Open 2021. She’ll be looking to end her Grand Slam drought and grab her 24th major in New York this year.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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