'Defeated and disrespected' Serena Williams addresses US Open final outburst

  • In Sports
  • 2019-07-09 16:16:44Z
  • By The Telegraph

Serena Williams has released a first person essay addressing her controversial US Open outburst.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles winner was handed a $17,000 (£13,200) fine for her conduct during last year's final, with the match ending in boos from the crowd which left victorious Naomi Osaka in tears. The article, published in Harper's Bazaar, is the first time Williams has commented on the incident in detail.

In her candid essay Williams reiterates post-match claims that chair umpire Carlos Ramos discriminated against her because of her gender, going on to add that she felt "passionately compelled" to stand up for herself and "defeated and disrespected". The incident left her suffering from sleepless nights and seeking the support of a therapist.

According to the article she personally apologised to Naomi Osaka for tarnishing her first Grand Slam win. Williams told Osaka, who was just 20 years old when she won the US Open, that she was shocked by the media's reaction to her outburst.

Later in the apology Williams voiced her support for the rising star, adding that she regrets taking the spotlight away from another black female athlete.

Osaka's response was supportive and showed a player mature beyond her years. Osaka, who crashed out of Wimbledon last week at the first round, called Williams a "trailblazer" who needs to continue standing up for herself.

Williams says this response encouraged her to stand up for herself - adding that, although some may not like her opinion, she needed to voice it.

"This incident-though excruciating for us to endure-exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day," she said. "We are not allowed to have emotions, we are not allowed to be passionate.

"We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I'm okay with. It's shameful that our society penalizes women just for being themselves."

Williams pointed towards the injustices she has suffered in the past, saying that the US Open incident was the final blow in a journey lined with hurdles.

The full article will appear in the August 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar.


More Related News

Longest ever Wimbledon final showed Roger Federer cannot shift mental block against Novak Djokovic
Longest ever Wimbledon final showed Roger Federer cannot shift mental block against Novak Djokovic

The longest ever Wimbledon final caused all sorts of chaos on Sunday night, including delays to the traditional Champions' Dinner, which is now held in the Guildhall on the other side of London. The speeches didn't begin until after 12.30am, and the evening's two main stars - Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic

Wimbledon champion Halep enjoys Romania
Wimbledon champion Halep enjoys Romania's adulation

Romania's presidency and the Orthodox Church awarded Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep their highest distinctions on Monday while hundreds of fans cheered her home after she blitzed U.S. opponent Serena Williams at the weekend. Halep, 27, became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles

Wimbledon champ Halep up to No. 4, Serena No. 9; Gauff 141st
Wimbledon champ Halep up to No. 4, Serena No. 9; Gauff 141st

Simona Halep's Wimbledon championship has lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings, and runner-up Serena Williams moved up to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby. Coco Gauff's magical run from a wild-card entry in qualifying all the way

What they said at Wimbledon
What they said at Wimbledon

"These kind of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and play the match with one of your greatest rivals of all time." - Novak Djokovic reflects on winning his fifth

Wimbledon champion Halep a fan of the club
Wimbledon champion Halep a fan of the club's traditions

The newest champion at Wimbledon is a big fan of the All England Club's oldest traditions. Don't forget the thousands of blooming petals dotted around the grounds in the very Wimbledon shades of purple, green and white. The colors,'' gasped Halep, speaking a short time after winning

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Sports

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.