Wil­liams speaks out against Nas­tase

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BUCHAREST, RO­MA­NIA | Ser­ena Wil­liams has spo­ken out in re­sponse to sus­pended Fed Cup cap­tain Ilie Nas­tase’s com­ments spec­u­lat­ing about the skin color of the baby the preg­nant Wil­liams is expecting.

The 23-time ma­jor cham­pion wrote Mon­day on Instagram : “It dis­ap­points me to know we live in a so­ci­ety where peo­ple like Ilie Nas­tase can make such racist com­ments to­wards my­self and (my) un­born child.” Wil­liams is black. Her fi­ance, Alexis Oha­nian, is white.

Wil­liams also re­ferred to Nas­tase’s “sex­ist com­ments against my peers” — a ref­er­ence to his ver­bal abuse di­rected at Bri­tish player Jo­hanna Konta, Bri­tish cap­tain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire dur­ing Fed Cup matches over the week­end. He was ejected from the Ro­ma­nia vs. Bri­tain con­test and pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion.

Wil­liams is briefly back at No.

1 in the WTA rank­ings, de­spite not play­ing a match since Jan­uary — and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off be­cause she is expecting a baby.

Thanks to a calendar quirk, Wil­liams moved up one spot Mon­day from No. 2, swap­ping places with An­gelique Kerber.

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