Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
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Serena Williams keen to ‘move on’ from US Open row

Serena Williams keen to ‘move on’ from US Open row

"I got in the vehicle, and Olympia was in the auto", she told Mia Freedman in an episode of "No Filter" recorded just three days after the finals.

The drama started when Ramos handed Williams a coaching violation early in the second set because of hand gestures made from the stands by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Serena Williams has denied she was coached during the controversial US Open final.

Former US Open finalist Madison Keys said she believed Williams "felt like (it was) a very personal attack".

Naomi Osaka defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4 in NY to win her first Grand Slam title, but all the attention was firmly placed on umpire Carlos Ramos' decision to inflict Williams with a game penalty, following a coaching violation and the docking of a point due to racquet abuse.

Along with a slew of tone-deaf articles and the recent news of a potential umpire boycott of Williams' matches by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), we are reminded that, no matter how much success a black woman achieves, she will always be made to feel unwelcome or subject to excessive criticism. Is she sending me a message that she is not my friend, don't try and pretend I am your friend, and can everyone just hurry it the f**k up?

'Your coach admitted that he was coaching from the sideline so, in retrospect, do you think that makes the violation warranted?' she asked the tennis champion.


"So you had to have a fairly tough conversation with him afterwards?" asked Wilkinson. You will never be on a court with me as long as you live.

Williams and that she would sit out the rest of the tennis season. To go with that, she recorded a short version of "I Touch Myself", the 1990 song by Australian band Divinyls, ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. You need to make an announcement. When she smashed her racket, he docked her a point and when she lashed out at him, he docked her a game.

Williams recognizes that "she's really fortunate" to have taken time from work and spend it with her newborn, and she says she's "doing it for those women that can't". "I want her to have just a great upbringing, the best way I know how".

'So I was, like, this is really interesting, but, you know, I don't know.

'So I don't have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book, ' Williams continued. "I hope it's not the case (that there is gender bias) but I think what happened, obviously there were mistakes along the way and there should be more discretion sometimes", he said. How dare you insinuate I was cheating?

Following the interview, Wilkinson revealed to her co-hosts that she was told to steer clear of asking the US star about Mark Knight's controversial cartoon published in the wake of the US Open.

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