Serena keen to ‘move on’ from US Open row

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Serena Williams says she and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle have been 'relying on each other'

Serena Williams says she is trying to "move on" from the meltdown that overshadowed her US Open final loss, but is disputing her coach's admission that he illegally signalled to her.

"I just don't understand ... if you're a female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do", she said.

Speaking to The Sunday Project, she said: "I asked him (Mouratoglou) "what are you talking about you were coaching?"

Williams also talked to "The Project" about the three violations she received that contributed to her loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

One of Williams' main challenges, she explained, isn't necessarily the backlash from her fateful US Open finish but rather the everyday temptation to stay home as opposed to return to the court.

Williams then smashed her racquet, bringing about her second violation and a point penalty.

Williams repeatedly denied receiving coaching, yet Mouratoglou later confirmed he had attempted to send her signals but that he did not think they were seen.

Serena Williams talked about her lasting friendship with Meghan Markle. "I'm just trying to recover from that and move on".

As for Ramos, Halep said: "I never had any problems with him or with any umpire".

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The interview was ostensibly for Williams to discuss a breast cancer awareness campaign she is fronting in association with her sponsor, Berlei, but Wilkinson had to tackle the elephant in the room. We recognize that black women are too often prejudiced against by the twin biases of race and gender, with little to no advocacy in seeking justice after a traumatizing incident. "I want her to have just a great upbringing, the best way I know how".

Williams recognizes that "she's really fortunate" to have taken time from work and spend it with her newborn, and she says she's "doing it for those women that can't".

Wilkinson then asked the tennis champ whether she regretted smashing her racket during the outburst. "I hope it's not the case (that there is gender bias) but I think what happened, obviously there were mistakes along the way and there should be more discretion sometimes", he said.

"I'm totally in your hands, Serena", Wilkinson insisted, asking her talent if she was comfortable answering more questions. "Sash [Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin] was coaching as well".

"I think as a great umpire - you obviously have to be a good umpire to be in the finals - you should also be aware that this is the situation".

'So I don't have any negative feelings towards her, which again, was a little disappointing to see in that hearsay book, ' Williams continued.

'So I was, like, this is really interesting, but, you know, I don't know.

(AAP)Serena Williams said she was standing up for women's rights at the US Open.

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