How Did Serena Williams Drop To 453?

July 6, 2018
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Ever heard of maternity leave? That’s when women take a break from work to have a baby. How many days do they get to take off? Well, it usually depends on the workplace, but what about tennis players? Well, tennis players take time off too, but when they do, their rankings drop. This is what happened to Serena Williams, who was recently ranked number 1 in the world, but when she returned from maternity leave, her ranking dropped to a staggering 453! The Women’s Tennis Association justified the drop by claiming she didn’t (or couldn’t) compete to keep her ranking up, but the decision has been widely criticized by fans and professionals alike.

The US Open, one of the most popular tennis tournaments in the world, decided to make amends. The organization’s officials decided not to penalize players for going on maternity leave. Nice job, US Open!