Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams reveals Naomi Osaka’s response to her apology

Florence Fletcher
July 10, 2019

The 2018 U.S. Open was Naomi Osaka's first Grand Slam win, but much of the talk after the match was about Serena Williams 'argument with the chair umpires. In nothing but a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and a gold cape by #RalphLauren, Williams posed for Harper's Bazaar's August 2019 magazine cover.

"But now, seeing her text putting everything in perspective, I realized she was right", Williams writes. "I'd rather lose", Williams wrote in her essay for Harper's Bazaar.

"I just needed to get it out of the way, put the business bun up and just get to business", she said.

Speaking about the fallout from the match, Williams reveals, "I started seeing a therapist".

Williams also promised she will never "stop raising my voice against injustice". I turn over, exhausted from lack of sleep, thoughts still spinning in my head. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other.

"OK. I mean, I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way".

Serena closed with, "I can't wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan!" I wish a bomb would explode on this club.

The world No.55 grabbed the first break of serve for 3-1 but then lost her own serve as Williams leveled 3-3 courtesy of some luck with a net cord which left the scrambling Riske out of position and the court wide open.

However a number of fans and journos were gobsmacked at the difference between the fines for Fognini and Serena, with numerous opinion that the Italian's actions deserved more.

"People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can't differentiate between the two", Osaka had written, per Williams. It's one you remember best; it's supposed to be the most special.

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"She was really so close to taking the win today", Williams said of Riske.

We stan two queens who are dedicated to accountability, women empowerment and genuine support.

On receiving Naomi's response to her apology: "When Naomi " s response came through, tears rolled down my face.

"Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot", she said.

Murray had to fend off some break points in the opening game of the second set before Williams began to take centre stage, defying physics with some of the angles of her winners.

Despite her personal beliefs about the incidents that transpired during the controversial match, Serena came to realise that she could only move forward if she apologised to the young Japanese player.

While the audience had booed Osaka throughout the match, and particularly at its conclusion, Williams remained supportive of her opponent.

The 23-time major champion is competing for her eighth title at Wimbledon. "She's the greatest athlete that's ever been on the women's side".

"I'm not asking to avoid being penalized".

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