Infotainment Factory: Serena breaks silence on US Open meltdown

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Serena breaks silence on US Open meltdown


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A defiant Serena Williams has broken her silence on her outburst at the US Open women’s final, maintaining she had not received any coaching and was simply fighting for women’s rights.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka took out the final in straight sets at Flushing Meadows to claim the first grand slam of her career but the match will be remembered for Williams’ ugly running battle with umpire Carlos Ramos.

Speaking on Channel 10’s The Project in an interview to be aired in full on Sunday, Williams said she had not received any signals from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou which led to her first code violation from Ramos.

Mouratoglou later admitted that he had been coaching but the former world No.1 argued the toss with the umpire and demanded an apology, claiming she would rather lose than cheat.

Serena Williams confronts umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open women's final.

“He said he made a motion,” Williams told The Project.

“I don’t understand what he was talking about. We’ve never had signals.”

Williams received a second code violation for smashing her racquet and then a third code violation and game penalty for launching another tirade at Ramos.

That prompted her to call for tournament referee Brian Earley to complain she was being treated differently to male players – a point that she reinforced again on The Project.

Naomi Osaka (l) is comforted by Serena Williams after the US Open women's final.

“I just don’t understand … if you’re a female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do,” Williams said.

Williams, who was later fined $24,000 for her meltdown by the US Tennis Association, had earlier spoken to a trade business group in Las Vegas where she was asked about ‘unfair judgments.’

“I feel it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Williams said.

“Especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That’s what it’s all about.

https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1041332099347873792

“Really it’s just about having a great team and rolling up your sleeves and hard work.

“I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I’m working incredibly hard at being a mum.”

A defiant Serena Williams has broken her silence on her outburst at the US Open women’s final, maintaining she had not received any coaching and was simply fighting for women’s rights.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka took out the final in straight sets at Flushing Meadows to claim the first grand slam of her career but the match will be remembered for Williams’ ugly running battle with umpire Carlos Ramos.

Speaking on Channel 10’s The Project in an interview to be aired in full on Sunday, Williams said she had not received any signals from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou which led to her first code violation from Ramos.

Mouratoglou later admitted that he had been coaching but the former world No.1 argued the toss with the umpire and demanded an apology, claiming she would rather lose than cheat.

Serena Williams confronts umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open women's final.

“He said he made a motion,” Williams told The Project.

“I don’t understand what he was talking about. We’ve never had signals.”

Williams received a second code violation for smashing her racquet and then a third code violation and game penalty for launching another tirade at Ramos.

That prompted her to call for tournament referee Brian Earley to complain she was being treated differently to male players – a point that she reinforced again on The Project.

Naomi Osaka (l) is comforted by Serena Williams after the US Open women's final.

“I just don’t understand … if you’re a female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do,” Williams said.

Williams, who was later fined $24,000 for her meltdown by the US Tennis Association, had earlier spoken to a trade business group in Las Vegas where she was asked about ‘unfair judgments.’

“I feel it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Williams said.

“Especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That’s what it’s all about.

https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1041332099347873792

“Really it’s just about having a great team and rolling up your sleeves and hard work.

“I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I’m working incredibly hard at being a mum.”

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