Ivanka Trump came out in support of the tennis player, Serena Williams after the professional tennis star revealed that she has to go right into the French Open without a seed for taking time off for her pregnancy. The 36-year-old athlete was in the number one spot last year when she had to leave so she could give birth to her now-eight-month-old baby, Alexis Olympia.
Because of her 14-month break, the French Open organizers announced they would not seed her for the tournament. Unfortunately, because of her hiatus, she fell to the 453rd spot.
This tournament will be the first time she’s competed since giving birth to a baby that “nearly killed” her. Trump, who is also a mother of three children, took to Twitter to say how “ridiculous” the situation really is.
Ivanka said Serena was the “best ever” as well as a “formidable athlete.” The daughter of the derided president, Donald Trump, said the supposed punishment she suffered was wholly unfair.
Moreover, the politician asked that the rule be changed to accommodate new mothers. As it was previously reported, Williams claims she “almost died” during childbirth when her heart rate dropped to a dangerously low level.
Doctors had to change plans and immediately perform what’s called a “cesarean section,” a procedure where they cut the baby out, rather than have it be expelled through the vagina.
This is ridiculous. @SerenaWilliams is a formidable athlete (best ever!) and loving new mother. No person should ever be penalized professionally for having a child! The #WTA should change this rule immediately. #FrenchOpen.https://t.co/W5jQ5aEUXm
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 24, 2018
Even though the surgery went down ok, the tennis star then had a near week-long struggle with a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is when the arteries of a person’s lungs are blocked by a blood clot.
As a result of the illness, Williams had to take a long break from tennis. After she lost a match back in March, Williams said that the previous month, she could barely even walk, so she has come along way.
Ivanka wasn’t the only celebrity to criticize the rule, as Maria Sharapova made the same declaration. Serena’s fellow tennis star said the rule must change because it’s not fair to women.