Serena reveals struggles after New York meltdown

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 11 Jul 2019

Serena Williams has revealed she consulted a therapist after her infamous 2018 US Open final meltdown, which saw her bitter tirade against the chair umpire overshadow Naomi Osaka's first Grand Slam win.

The American was vilified for her New York outburst that included her calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief."

Now she has written in Harper's Bazaar: "I couldn't find peace. I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress I still wasn't ready to pick up a racket."

Williams, 37, also apologized to Japan's Osaka, 21, saying "I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself." She added: "I would love the chance to live that moment over again" and "will always be happy" for Osaka.

Williams plays Czech Barbora Strycova today for a place in the Wimbledon final while Romanian Simona Halep faces Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the other semi-final.

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