Simone Biles and Serena Williams have proven to be trailblazers not just in and out of the gym and tennis court, but in sports as a whole — paving the way for female athletes of color.
Bristol City defender Satara Murray is one of those players and he has been undeniably inspired by seeing the pair excel at the highest levels of their respective sports.
Murray described their achievements as “incredible” in his latest interview with the club’s official website, saying both Byers and Williams had shown great resilience to overcome the odds that were stacked against them.
“When I look at people like Serena Williams, Simone Biles and Crystal Dunn who are at an absolutely elite level in their sport,” Satara Murray said. “It’s incredible to think about what each of them overcame in their careers to get to this point.” Top. “
The 30-year-old said it’s easy to throw in the towel in the face of criticism, but time and time again these top performers find ways to stand out.
“It’s so admirable to see them come out on top time and time again because it’s so easy to throw in the towel in the face of criticism,” Satara Murray said. “But they overcame adversity time and time again and still managed to stay at the top of the mountain — which It’s inhumane, and that’s the power of black women.”
“When you look at Serena Williams, it’s really hard to comprehend what she’s accomplished” – Satara Murray
Satara Murray was particularly impressed by Serena Williams’ return to competition after giving birth to daughter Olympia, saying she struggled to understand how the American managed to do it.
The Bristol City star said black women have always “made waves”, adding that she was proud to have such role models to look up to.
“When you look at Serena Williams, it’s really hard to comprehend what she’s accomplished,” Satara Murray said. “To be able to start a family, have kids, do your thing and then come back to tennis less than a year later to win a Grand Slam and stay on top – I love it! (sic)”
“Black women are making waves,” she continued. “That’s one thing for sure, I love that I have such great people that I can look up to both close to me and from afar.”
Serena Williams lifts the 2017 Australian Open trophy while pregnant with her daughter. She returned to sport less than a year after giving birth and has since reached four Grand Slam finals.