Serena Williams fined $1K for lacking press convention | Tennis


The WTA has fined Serena Williams $1,000 for skipping a compulsory press convention, in line with Stuart Fraser of the London Occasions.

Williams skipped the media gathering Wednesday after her 6-Three, 6-2, loss within the first spherical of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka. 

Williams, who spent the previous 13 months on maternity depart earlier than returning final week, acquired the bottom attainable nice for the infraction, as a result of she is at the moment unranked. Had she skipped a press convention ranked No. 1 on the planet — as she was when she stepped away final yr — she would have confronted a $5,000 nice.

Whereas Williams did not care to speak after her defeat, the 20-year-old Osaka spoke volumes about Williams after their match.

“I used to be extraordinarily nervous approaching to the court docket. I don’t know if anyone is aware of this however Serena is my favourite participant,” Osaka stated.  “So simply enjoying towards her is sort of like a dream for me. I’m very grateful I used to be in a position to play her and it’s even higher that I used to be in a position to win.”

Williams has shared her wrestle in returning to tennis on Instagram.

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