Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Question that stopped Australian presenter Lisa Wilkinson's interview with Serena Williams

Question that stopped Australian presenter Lisa Wilkinson's interview with Serena Williams

Former Tennis world number one Serena Williams claims she wasn't coached from the sidelines during a controversial U-S Open final.

Wilkinson asked another question in regards to whether Williams regretted smashing her racquet, prompting the publicist to step in off-camera and told her she'd asked four questions about the US Open and it was time to change topics.

Williams then smashed her racquet, bringing about her second violation and a point penalty.

During the interview, Lisa discussed Serena's on-court antics at the US Open's Women's Final a fortnight ago.

A sneak peek of the interview released over the weekend showed Wilkinson being cut short after she poked Williams with one too many questions regarding her display at Flushing Meadows.

Serena replied: 'I just don't understand what he was talking about. "I'm doing the best that I can to try and move forward", she said, "but most of all, spending time with Olympia, she's here in the background [during the interview] ... you realize the most important things that really matter".

The meltdown was triggered by a code violation by umpire Carlos Ramos for "coaching" from Williams' box - a violation that Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted to.

Williams called Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in a running row with the Portuguese official that eventually saw her docked a game.

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"What I'm trying to do most of all is to recover from that and move on".

"I just don't understand what he was talking about because I asked him, you weren't coaching, we don't have signals, we've never had signals - and he said he made a motion", she told The Sunday Project.

"We don't have signals, we've never had signals", she said.

"Right now we are not, as it's proven, in that same position", she said in an interview that aired late Sunday.

The 36-year-old said she had to learn to love herself as her glittering career launched her in front of the global spotlight.

"So you said you made a motion now you told people that you're coaching me that doesn't make sense, why would you say that", she said of her discussion with her coach.

"I was on the other side".

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.

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