Serena Williams has opened up about the remarkable way her young daughter reacted to her US Open controversy.
The 23-time grand slam champion caused uproar two weeks ago when she lost the final in straight sets after a fiery confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos that she later blamed on sexism.
Serena has since opened up to Mamamia about the first thing she did when she walked out of Arthur Ashe Stadium following the controversial meltdown.
In a preview for her interview with Mia Freedman, set to be released later this week, Serena shared remarkable moment she had with her one-year-old daughter.
“I got in the car, and (daughter) Olympia was in the car. It was so weird, and she started giving me kisses, she never gives me kisses,” Serena said.
“She doesn’t even know to give kisses, and she just grabbed me, and I was like this little baby is so smart.
“It’s just hard to be too down when you have a little one… when you have someone to take care of.
“Like I have to take care of this person, and I have to do this type of stuff, it puts everything in perspective.”
Keen to move on
Meanwhile, Serena has told Channel 10 she is trying to “move on” but remains perplexed at her coach’s admission he illegally signalled to her.
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 The Project, 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 Sunday.
“But that’s neither here nor there. I’m just trying most of all to recover from that and move on.”
Williams said she felt “on the cusp of this amazing moment” before the 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka.
A win would have taken her to 24 Grand Slams, equalling Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record.
The dispute with Ramos began when Williams was issued a warning for coaching, something her coach sitting in the player’s box, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to doing.
Williams said she had not seen the Frenchman make a gesture and labelled his subsequent admission “a really confusing moment”.
“I asked him ‘what are you talking about you were coaching?’,” she said.
“We don’t have signals, we’ve never had signals. He said he made a motion, and I said ‘OK so you made a motion and now you’re telling people you were coaching me?’.
“That doesn’t make sense. Why would you say that?”