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Serena Williams Went to Therapy After 2018 U.S. Open Finals Meltdown

Harper's BAZAAR
By Gary Trock

Serena Williams is opening up about the emotional aftermath she went through following her public meltdown during the 2018 U.S. Open Finals.

Williams is the cover story for the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, and reflected on her loss to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.

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During the tennis legend's infamous freakout, she got into a verbal altercation with the chair umpire by calling him a "thief' and a "liar," and then broke her racket by hurling it to the ground.

Williams was eventually fined $17,000 for the incident, and even the trophy ceremony was marred with the controversy, completely overshadowing the monumental win for Osaka.

Now, 37-year-old Williams wrote an open letter, apologizing and describing what she learned from the incident.

"This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic," Williams wrote.

However, she still believes she was wronged and added, "Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player."

After the U.S. Open, Williams explained she could not find peace, and "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."

Through therapy, she eventually found the strength to address the situation and even pen a formal letter of apology to Osaka, which the young star graciously accepted.


Unfortunately, the on court drama has not stopped for Williams, as she was just fined during the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

According to the AP, Williams was fined $10,000 by the All England Club for damaging a court during practice before the Wimbledon tournament started.

The damage was reportedly caused by the star throwing her racket on the court.


The fine is a small hiccup in William's run at Wimbledon, where she is scheduled to compete in the quarterfinals of the women's singles this week and the second round of mixed doubles, with partner Andy Murray.

If she wins, it will be Williams' 8th women's singles title at Wimbledon.

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