Within the days after her meltdown on the 2018 US Open ultimate, Serena Williams served humiliated opponent Naomi Osaka with an apology — which maybe may have used a touch-up.
The tennis nice’s September freakout — which included branding chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” and smashing her racket — overshadowed Osaka’s first Grand Slam title win in opposition to her idol and left the then-20-year-old in tears.
In Harper’s Bazaar’s August cowl story, Williams, 37, pens an essay during which she has one other go at saying sorry, whereas sustaining she was handled unfairly.
“This debacle ruined one thing that ought to have been superb and historic,” Williams writes. “Not solely was a recreation taken from me however a defining, triumphant second was taken from one other participant.”
Within the aftermath, “I couldn’t discover peace,” Williams writes. “I began seeing a therapist. I used to be looking for solutions, and though I felt like I used to be making progress, I nonetheless wasn’t prepared to choose up a racket.”
Ultimately, Williams says she knew it was time to apologize.
She wrote to Osaka that she was “really sorry” — however nonetheless stated that she “thought I used to be doing the suitable factor in sticking up for myself.”
Moments earlier than the outburst, Williams had been hit with a code violation for receiving teaching from the stands from coach Patrick Mouratoglou. She maintained that she’d “by no means cheated in my life” although Mouratoglou admitted he’d given her recommendation, however she might not have seen it.
Then, when Osaka broke Williams’ serve, Williams broke her racket in frustration. The professional-Williams crowd in Queens booed Osaka, who was so shaken, she later nearly dropped her trophy.
Williams was fined $17,000 however felt she was handled harshly by the umpire as a result of she is a girl.
She writes to Osaka: “I had no thought the media would pit us in opposition to one another. I’d love the prospect to stay that second over once more. I’m, was, and can all the time be joyful for you and supportive of you. I’d by no means, ever need the sunshine to shine away.”
Williams additionally shares a response from Osaka that left her in tears.
“Individuals can misunderstand anger for power as a result of they’ll’t differentiate between the 2,” Osaka wrote. “Nobody has stood up for themselves the best way you’ve got and you want to proceed trailblazing.”