American Tennis superstar, Serena Williams, lost out in the chance to reach an equal 24 Grand Slam titles with Margaret Court.
She received double tragedy on court in the US Open final: a 6-2 6-2 loss to Naomi Osaka – a 20 year-old player who idolises her – and series of sanctions for on-court violations.
The 33-year-old was given a code violation for coaching, incurred a point penalty for racquet smashing and was docked a game for verbal abuse and a fine of $17,000 .
Serena refutes claims that she got coaching signals from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou who disputes the tennis star’s denial.
Patrick was said to have confirmed he coached Serena from the sidelines. She retorts.
The American was quoted in a with The Sunday Project on Australia’s Network Ten
“I just don’t understand what he was talking about,” Williams said.
“I asked him (Mouratoglou) ‘what are you talking about you were coaching? We don’t have signals, we’ve never had signals’.
“He said he made a motion. So I was like ‘you made a motion and now you told people that you’re coaching me – that doesn’t make sense, why would you say that?’
“I was on the other side. I didn’t see the motion. It was just a really confusing moment, I think, for him.
“What I’m trying to do most of all is to recover from that and move on.”