Serena Williams is breaking her silence.
The No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world took to Instagram Monday to call Romania’s Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase’s recent comments about her unborn child “racist” and offer support to the International Tennis Federation’s investigation into the matter.
“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 wrote. “I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case.”
Last week, Nastase, in response to Williams’ pregnancy announcement, said “Let’s see what color it has… Chocolate with milk?” at a press conference.
To further get her point across about standing up to Nastase harsh words, Williams also quoted Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” in the social media post.
“Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words… you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise,” she wrote.
Retired Tennis star James Blake voiced his support for Williams on Twitter.
“So well said by Serena,” he wrote. “Ilie is the most disgraceful figure in our sport.”
Williams, 35, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33.
She is due to give birth in the fall.