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Tennis star Serena Williams posed for an unretouched shoot for Harper's Bazaar, appearing on the cover in nothing but a gold cape, while opening up about her now-infamous US Open outburst in a personal essay in the magazine's pages.
The mother-of-one, 37, flashes some serious flesh as she shares a peek of her bottom in the daring shoot; other images show her wearing a variety of stunning gold ensembles incredible a very sexy mini dress.
But while the shoot itself was daring and powerful, the words Serena wrote alongside it were much more vulnerable, with the tennis pro revealing that she apologized to her US Open opponent Naomi Osaka via text, while once again hitting out at the sexist bias that she believes cause the entire 'debacle'.
Serena Williams unretouched: Stunning tennis star, 37, went semi-naked to pose for a sexy yet strong gold-themed shoot for Harper's Bazaar
Wow: Selena showed off her toned legs in another incredible gold fashion look, while opening up about her now-infamous US Open outburst, and how she dealt with the aftermath
Frustrated: During the September 2018 match against a then-20-year-old, Serena received three violations from the umpire
Bittersweet moment: Naomi won her first Grand Slam singles title during that match, however the win was overshadowed by the controversy over Serena's reaction
Serena made headlines in September 2018 when competing for her 24th Grand Slam singles title against Naomi, who was 20 at the time, after she received three violations from the umpire while attempting to defend herself when he penalized her for signaling to her coach — something the tennis player said she wasn't doing.
Serena Williams has pulled out of her fourth-round match at the French Open against Maria Sharapova because of a pectoral muscle injury that won’t allow her to serve, she announced Monday, reports ESPN.
“I’m beyond disappointed,” Williams said. “I gave up so much, from time with my daughter to time with my family. I put everything on the court. … So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”
Tennis fans are bound to be disappointed, given Williams was set to face off against Maria Sharapova today.
The two players were coming back from time away—Williams after having a baby daughter; Sharapova after a doping ban.
It was to be their 22nd head-to-head meeting. Williams has won 19 so far, including the past 18.
Serena Williams has also been in the spotlight due to a journalists sexist line of questioning.
Bill Simons of Inside Tennis magazine is now backtracking his sexist comments after social media flood him with comments in Williams’ defense.
But Serena Williams, like the unbothered powerhouse she is, shrugged off the suggestion and shut the reporter’s ridiculous questions down.
Simons said: “After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his [Los Angeles] golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring.
“And then he came up with this extraordinary analysis: That you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are your thoughts about the occurrence?”
Williams replied: “I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it.”
Then he said, “Work with me here, please. We’re in this together, baby.”
The sports journalist has since apologized after his condescending “baby” comment and asking if she was intimated by Sharapova because of her “alluring” shoulders after fans protested.
“I apologize if my awkward ques seemed 2 empower Trump or attack Serena/ I SO admire her/ I’ve spent [my] lifetime fighting racism/ sexism/ homophobia,” Simons wrote.
“Started campaign to name US Open Stad 4 Ashe/ Lobbied long 2 get Serena 2 return to I. Wells/ Called out police violence vs Blake/ I’m so sorry (sic.)”
What the reporter should have been focused on is the fact that Serena Williams is back with a vengeance.
She beat Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the tournament’s first round and she did it while wearing a killer black bodysuit that showed off her shape and peak fitness level less than a year after giving birth and bouncing back from a c-section as well as the life-threatening pulmonary embolism and subsequent hematoma she suffered having her daughter. The athlete was bed-ridden for six weeks and still managed to come back to the game a winner.
“All the moms out there who had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce in the middle of everything. I think that’s what this represents. It’s exciting. I think the catsuit is—you can’t beat a catsuit, right?,” she said during a post-match interview with The Tennis Channel.
Serena Williams lost her temper and was disqualified for a foot fault during the Women's Singles match ( VIDEO )
This particular story about Serena extending warmth to a fan is sure to fit within a plethora of other instances in which she's brought a smile to someone's face. It's not just about her athleticism. Serena is also loved and adored by many because of her endless determination, her concrete rose story, and the fact that no matter how famous she becomes, she always finds time to bring light to those around her.
Serena has definitely been missed, and it's so nice to see her not only come back to the court, but to pick back up on top — where she left off. And here's to hoping that the all-star continues inspire all of those tuning into her every move for years to come.
For nearly two weeks, Serena Williams had made a flawless run through the U.S. Open, pulverizing opponents and dominating matches, a seeming lock to defend her title and capture her 12th career Grand Slam.
It all unraveled in unimaginable fashion a few minutes before 11 p.m. Saturday night, with a foot fault, a profane tirade and a code violation that happened to come on match point, after an irate Williams told a lineswoman, "I swear to God, I'll f --- take this ball and shove it down your f -- - throat. "
Faster than you can spell colossal anticlimax, the rackets were down, the match was over, the crowd was incensed and a teary-eyed Williams was leaving the court to a cascade of boos.
On a cool, dank night, before a crowd of maybe 8,000 fans inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kim Clijsters decisively outplayed the second-seeded Williams in their Open semifinal. She moved into tonight's final against No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory, even though she looked as if she didn't want to leave the court Saturday night, and have the match finish the way it did.
"The normal feelings of winning a match weren't there," Clijsters said.
"It was just a point penalty, just at a bad time, basically," said Williams, who was consoled in the locker room by sister Venus afterward.
The match was delayed a day by rain, and will be discussed and debated far longer than that, considering the way it concluded: with Serena in the face of the lineswoman who called the foot fault - a horrid call at a horrible time - before getting called for a second code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. The first violation - a warning - had come after she lost the first set, when Serena slammed her racket against the blue court and whacked it into the net.
"She could've kept her cool," said Oracene Price, Serena's mother.
The whole flow of the match was no less stunning than the ending. Clijsters, the 26-year-old, comebacking mother freshly returned from two years of retirement, performed brilliantly against Williams, a player she had beaten only once in eight prior meetings. Clijsters broke Williams' vaunted serve four times and spent the better part of two sets moving her around and dominating the rallies with penetrating, angled groundstrokes.
Clijsters held serve at love to go up 6-5 in the second, and as Williams served in the 12th game to try to force a tiebreaker, Williams hit a backhand into the net to go down 15-30. On her ensuing second serve, she was called for the foot fault to make it 15-40 - double match point.
An infuriated Williams walked over to the lineswoman - the USTA would not release her name - angrily shook her racket at her and let fly with profane comments. The lineswoman walked over to the chair umpire, Louise Engzell, to report what had been said. Brian Earley, the tournament referee, came on the court to discuss the matter. Williams approached the net and denied that she had threatened the lineswoman.
With the second code violation, Earley informed Williams that she would be assessed a point penalty. A match-point penalty. She got no slack for a call that replays showed was clearly wrong.
In the interview room, Williams declined to disclose what she said to the lineswoman.
"I don't think that's necessary. I'm trying to move on," Williams said. "I'm clearly not happy. Obviously I wanted to fight. I always fight when I'm down."
Clijsters, the first unseeded finalist since Venus Williams 12 years ago, has never played Wozniacki, who defeated Janina Wickmayer of Belgium in the simultaneously played semifinal held in Louis Armstrong Stadium. There was no time to think about the final Saturday night, after the abrupt ending to a superb match, and Serena Williams' unthinkable exit.
"It's just unfortunate that a battle like that has to end like that," Clijsters said.