Serena Williams says she is trying to “move on” from the meltdown that overshadowed her US Open tennis final loss, but remains perplexed at her coach’s admission he illegally signalled to her. The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost the decider in straight sets to Japan’s Naomi Osaka after a fiery confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos that she later blamed on sexism.
Williams called Ramos a “thief” and a “liar” in a running row with the Portuguese official that eventually saw her docked a game. In an interview with Australia’s Channel Ten, the American superstar said a male player would not have been treated the same way.
She said women could not get away with “even half of what a guy can do”.
“Right now we are not, as it’s proven, in that same position,” she said in an interview that aired late on Sunday.
“But that’s neither here nor there. I’m just trying most of all to recover from that and move on.”