Serena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal. When she said she wasn't being coach, the umpire then penalized the tennis star for her reaction. It felt as though Osaka wasn't able to enjoy her moment and at one point, she was even in tears.
In an essay for Harper's Bazaar published Tuesday, Williams recalled how confident she was after winning her first grand slam at the US Open in 1999. "I'd rather lose", Williams wrote in her essay for Harper's Bazaar.
"People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can't differentiate between the two", Williams wrote Osaka responded. Williams told Osaka, who was just 20 years old when she won the US Open, that she was shocked by the media's reaction to her outburst. "I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting, too, but let's make this the best moment we can", she said in a press conference after the match. I would love the chance to live that moment over again.
Konta: "Okay. I mean, I don't think you need to pick on me in a harsh way".
"It was really satisfying; I wouldn't have won that match a couple of weeks ago, every match here has really counted", said Williams whose time on court since the Australian Open in January has been limited by a niggling knee injury. "Why is it that when women get passionate, they're labeled emotional, crazy, and irrational, but when men do they're seen as passionate and strong?'" "I don't have much else to say to your question".
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"This incident-though excruciating for us to endure-exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day", she continued.
"Ultimately, my daughter is the reason I use my voice, the reason I picked up a racket again", she wrote. But now, seeing her text putting everything in perspective, I realized she was right.
During the 2018 Grand Slam, Williams smashed her racket in frustration over losing a point, resulting in the umpire issuing a violation and giving Osaka a point.
Also joining her in the last four was Romania's former world number one Simona Halep, who fought back from 4-1 down in the first set to beat China's Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.
Konta committed 34 unforced errors in a match she led early when aiming to become the first Brit to win the women's singles since Virginia Wade in 1977. It's the one you remember best; it's supposed to be the most special. Williams was fined $17,000 for her comments.
Australia's Bernard Tomic was fined his full Wimbledon prize money of $58,500 last week for not meeting the "required professional standard" during his lackluster 58-minute first-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.