Tennis champion Serena Williams made global headlines after her match against Naomi Osaka at the US Open prompted a now infamous outburst.
And now, the much lauded tennis star, 36, has revealed the first thing she did after she left the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens earlier this month.
Speaking to Mamamia on the No Filter podcast, the tennis great said after the tough loss, which saw her hit out at umpire Carlos Ramos, she had her sights set on her daughter.
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Hitting back! In an interview with Mamamia’s No Filter podcast, Tennis champion Serena Williams, 36, has revealed the first thing she did after her infamous outburst at the US Open earlier this month which saw her lose to Naomi Osaka
Serena, shares one-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, with Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian.
‘I got in the car, and Olympia was in the car,’ Serena divulged.
‘It was so weird, and she started giving me kisses, she never gives me kisses. She doesn’t even know to give kisses,’ she continued.
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‘Then she just grabbed me, and I was like this little baby is so smart. It’s just hard to be too down when you have a little one…when you have someone to take care of.’
Earlier this month, Serena was gunning for her 24th Grand Slam tournament win, during a high stakes game with Japan-born player, Naomi Osaka.
During the tennis match, which Naomi ended-up winning 6-2, 6-4, controversial coach Carlos Ramos charged the player with three code violations.
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In a first violation, Carlos warned Serena, one of the world’s best players, that she was receiving coaching in a moment that set off a ripple effect.
Serena, was then told she was docked a point for smashing her tennis racquet, which was a point penalty, sending momentum in favour of Naomi.
The tennis star went on to say: ‘I did not get coaching, I don’t cheat. You need to make an announcement. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her. You owe me an apology.’
The third shock of the game came when Serena got a third code violation for verbal abuse, with her also calling the coach a ‘thief.’
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The outburst saw fans split, but Serena went on to say that it was sexist, with men not getting in trouble for verbal outbursts to umpires.
‘How many other men do things? There’s a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things. It’s because I am a woman, and that’s not right.’
In the wake of the loss, Serena said she was “doing ok”, but said that it made her refocus on what was important, which was her daughter.
“You realise the most important things that really matter,” she finished.
Upset: Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles, said she the incident makes you think about what’s important, and that she’s been refocusing time on her young daughter