Serena Chose To Play Again For Her Daughter

Speaking out: Serena Williams, 37, wrote a personal essay for Harper's Bazaar detailing her experience during the US Open last year against Naomi Osaka, 21
Speaking out: Serena Williams, 37, wrote a personal essay for Harper’s Bazaar detailing her experience during the US Open last year against Naomi Osaka, 21

The 37-year-old mother of one flashed a peek of her bottom while posing in a revealing cape gown.

Speaking to the publication Harper’s Bazaar, Serena discussed last year’s controversial match at the US Open in September 2018 against Naomi Osaka. She noted that she believes she was penalised as a woman, called the umpire a thief for taking a game away from her. 

Frustrated: During the match, Serena received three violations from the umpire
Frustrated: During the match, Serena received three violations from the umpire
Bittersweet moment: Naomi won her first Grand Slam singles title during that match in September 2018. But it was met with backlash from how Serena reacted
Bittersweet moment: Naomi won her first Grand Slam singles title during that match in September 2018. But it was met with backlash from how Serena reacted

Serena Williams has revealed that she ‘started seeing a therapist’ after her outburst at the umpire during her US Open final match against Noami Osaka last year in order to find some ‘answers’ about how to deal with the aftermath of the controversial incident.  

The 37-year-old made headlines in September 2018 when competing for her 24th Grand Slam singles title against Naomi, 21. During the match, Serena received three violations from the umpire after she attempted to defend herself when he penalized her for signaling to her coach — something the tennis player said she wasn’t doing. 

In a personal essay with Harper’s Bazaar, Serena wrote about her perspective from that day and why she prioritized apologizing to Naomi after the backlash that followed the match, while confessing that the whole ‘debacle’ left her feeling unable to return to tennis for ‘a long while’. 

Disappointed: She confessed to feeling 'hurt' and 'cut deeply' when returning to her home in Florida following the match where she lost to the young tennis star
Disappointed: She confessed to feeling ‘hurt’ and ‘cut deeply’ when returning to her home in Florida following the match where she lost to the young tennis star
New perspective: Serena realized she needed to reach out to Naomi following the match to apologize for her outburst taking away from her first Grand Slam win
New perspective: Serena realized she needed to reach out to Naomi following the match to apologize for her outburst taking away from her first Grand Slam win
Moving forward: The conversation between Serena and Naomi helped the mom-of-one move on from the backlash she faced from her outburst on the court
Moving forward: The conversation between Serena and Naomi helped the mom-of-one move on from the backlash she faced from her outburst on the court
Trailblazer: Serena chose to play again for her daughter, Alexis Olympia, (pictured) and to stand up to sexism in tennis. The tennis star is pictured also with her husband, Alexis Ohanian
Trailblazer: Serena chose to play again for her daughter, Alexis Olympia, (pictured) and to stand up to sexism in tennis. The tennis star is pictured also with her husband, Alexis Ohanian

‘I could not have been happier for her,’ Serena, who has one a total of 39 Grand Slams, wrote. ‘As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love—one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning.’ 

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Serena revealed she returned to her home in Florida and was left ‘hurt’ and ‘cut deeply’ by the events taking place during the match. 

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