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Tennis great Serena Williams, one of the most accomplished athletes of the 21st century with 23 Grand Slam singles titles, retired after the 2022 US Open to focus on family and other ventures.

Her docuseries “In the Arena: Serena Williams” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Festival, where she was asked about fellow athlete Caitlin Clark.

Williams encouraged the WNBA rookie to continue “doing what she’s doing.”

“I just love that she tried to stay grounded and that she doesn’t … look at her social [media],” Williams told The Associated Press on the red carpet. “I get it. I don’t either. And I think it’s so important to continue doing what she’s doing.”

Williams implied that some of the negativity towards Clark was driven by jealousy.

“And no matter what other people do, if people are negative then it’s because they can’t do what you do … basically,” Williams noted. “And hopefully she’ll continue to do what she’s doing.”