‘Battle Of The Moms’ Headline For Serena Williams-Evgeniya Rodina Game Causes Uproar
The Globe and Mail’s headline — “Serena Williams to play Evgeniya Rodina in combat of the moms at Wimbledon” — appeared atop an Associated Press narrative by athletics writer Howard Fendrich.
“When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round on Monday, it will be a rare session of Mom vs. Mom, ” the article begins. “Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour.”
Fendrich’s story goes on to describe the experiences of a number of female tennis players who have children.
Williams “has spoken openly about a health scare during childbirth. About gaining weight while breast-feeding. About the pleasure of bringing her child onsite to a tournament for the first time. About the difficulty of dividing her period between family and forehands, ” Fendrich writes, also noting that “one concern raised by some of the mothers in interviews during Wimbledon was that not enough tournaments offer childcare facilities, the way the four Grand Slams do.”
In a statement to HuffPost, the AP said it did not write the headline featured in The Globe and Mail, and added that “customers often set their own headlines on top of AP stories.”
A number of other publishings also running the AP’s article featured a similar headline. “Serena Williams-Evgeniya Rodina Wimbledon match will feature two mamas, ” said the Star Tribune. “Wimbledon: Williams vs. Rodina is matchup of mamas, ” said the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “Williams vs. Rodina is matchup of Mom vs. Mommy at Wimbledon, ” said The Washington Post — the same headline that appears on The Associated Press’ own site.
It was The Globe and Mail’s headline, however, that came in for widespread derision on Twitter 😛 TAGEND
Reached by HuffPost on Monday, Fendrich declined to comment on the record. The Globe and Mail did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fendrich’s story wasn’t the only one to emphasize the motherhood slant of Monday’s match. In a narrative for The Daily Telegraph, “Wimbledon 2018: The mother of all combats as Evgeniya Rodina prepares to face fellow mum Serena Williams, ” Sam Dean also wrote about Rodina’s experience as a mother and athlete.
Fun fact, news organizations: Women can be more than moms!
This narrative has been updated with a statement from The Associated Press .