Within the days after her meltdown on the 2018 US Open last, 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 towards her idol and left the then-20-year-old in tears.
In Harper’s Bazaar’s August cowl story, Williams, 37, pens an essay through which she has one other go at saying sorry, whereas sustaining she was handled unfairly.
“This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic,” Williams writes. “Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player.”
Within the aftermath, “I couldn’t find peace,” Williams writes. “I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket.”
Ultimately, Williams says she knew it was time to apologize.
She wrote to Osaka that she was “truly sorry” — however nonetheless stated that she “thought I was doing the right thing 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 “never cheated in my life” although Mouratoglou admitted he’d given her recommendation, however she could 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 virtually 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 idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away.”
Williams additionally shares a response from Osaka that left her in tears.
“People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” Osaka wrote. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”