Serena keen to ‘move on’ from US Open row

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In the moments after Serena Williams lashed out at the U.S. Open chair umpire earlier this month and pleaded with the NY crowd to applaud the champion, she found comfort in motherhood.

The American tennis star had a publicist hovering in the background to monitor questions about the US Open - Wilkinson was restricted to only four - but the Australian television journalist and presenter was warned the interview would be terminated if she asked about Knight's cartoon.

Following the accusation of coaching, Williams was punished for racquet smashing and verbal abuse, following several outbursts that saw her call the umpire a "liar" and "thief".

Williams said she felt "on the cusp of this awesome moment" before the 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka.

"I just don't understand what he was talking about", the 23-time grand slam victor told Australia's Network Ten show The Sunday Project.

"I've always tried to ... fight for equal prize money and fight for equal playing time, and fight for all sorts of equality, and you know I feel like it's one thing to fight for it and then not do it".

The dispute with Ramos began when Williams was issued a warning for coaching, something her coach sitting in the player's box, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to doing.

Knight caused a stir worldwide when he published a caricature of Williams losing at the US Open with the umpire quipping, "Can you just let her win", with critics branding the cartoon racist while Germaine Greer believed it was sexist. "We don't have signals, we've never had signals".

"So you said you made a motion, now you told people that you're coaching me; that doesn't make sense". It was just a really confusing moment, I think for him.

She said women could not get away with "even half of what a guy can do".

"Besides cry, I don't know, it was interesting", she told Mia Freedman in an episode of "No Filter" that was recorded three days after the September 8 final in which she lost to Naomi Osaka.

Speaking to The Sunday Project's Lisa Wilkinson in a one-on-one interview filmed three days after the final, a question about whether she had regretted smashing her racquet seemed to hit a nerve with Williams' PR team.

"What I'm just trying to do most of all is just recover from that". Why would you say that?'

"I was on the other side". You know, I was like "It's okay. but, like, don't, yeah."' Serena trailed off.

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