Former world No. 1 and 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova has never been afraid to speak up and express her views on social media. She recently got into a heated discussion online about the topic of trans athletes and how sports around the world integrate them.
Navratilova was not happy with the idea that gender is just as important as sex in terms of categories. She claimed that activists on social media were shifting their goalposts.
“What’s unfair about the gender category? Answer: nothing. Stop shifting the goalposts and find reasons to turn sport as we know it upside down. Categories help to include more people, not fewer people. Gender, age weight. Simple,” said Navratilova. “She won two of the four Majors, and the rest is just stunning” – Martina Navratilova on Iga Swiatek
Martina Navratilova presents the championship trophy to Iga Swiatek at the 2022 US Open
In her interview with the WTA ahead of the 2022 WTA final, Martina Navratilova said the world No. 1 Iga Swiatek has had a “stunning” season. She claimed that the Pole does not put any pressure on her and can show her best tennis at the event.
“She won two out of four majors, and the rest is just amazing. When I had a great year, at the year-end championships, you relaxed. It’s ‘I had a great year, I don’t have anything to prove.’ She’s had a few weeks off, there’s absolutely no pressure on her, so she could probably play the most free tennis of anyone out there,” she said.
Navratilova chose Swiatek as her favorite to win the WTA Finals, as the 21-year-old can adapt to the circumstances better than other players.
“You have to go with Swiatek. How can you go against her? She would probably adapt best to the speed of the field. She has quite compact shots, even though she puts a lot of topspin on that forehand. It’s not a huge swing, so she can handle the faster court,” she explained. “And growing up in Poland she probably would have practiced a lot on faster tracks so she can adapt to that. If it goes slow, great, the topspin will pay off. I can’t stand her because she never will to do.” beat herself,” she added.
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