The Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams says she sent an apology to Naomi Osaka for her behavior in last year’s U.S. Open final.
Williams, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday, says in a Harper’s Bazaar magazine article that she wrote to Osaka after not being able to “find peace.”
Williams says “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. Finally I realized that there was only one way for me to move forward. It was time for me to apologize to the person who deserved it the most.”
Williams says she told the Japanese player she was a fan and that she was “truly sorry.”
Osaka answered the message, and Williams says “when Naomi’s response came through, tears rolled down my face.”
Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the final, resulting in the loss of a game. The first came as a result of what Ramos deemed coaching from her box. The second was for smashing her racket, costing her a point. And the third came after she called Ramos “a thief.”
In other tennis news, Garbine Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon champion, has split with her coach of about four years, Sam Sumyk.
The champion at the All England Club in 2017 and French Open in 2016 wrote on Twitter that it was “the end of an Extraordinary ride ... Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam.”