Serena Williams breaks the internet with her latest feature in Harper’s Bazaar August issue. The tennis icon appears on the cover unretouched as she dazzles in this gold Ralph Lauren dress and Louboutin heels.
Along with her cover, she pens an essay where she opens up about the 2018 U.S. Open where Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam victory. While many were excited, there was a lot of talk regarding Williams’ argument with the chair umpires.
During the U.S. Open, she called the umpire out for penalizing her and being hit with a $17,000 fine.
“I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love—one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed but because we wouldn’t stop winning.”
In a lengthy essay, Williams shares her truth and says she “has tried to better herself as a person.” She also adds that she started seeing a therapist following the controversy. It was the therapy that helped her realize that needed to apologize to the young tennis star who beat her.
“Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player, something she should remember as one of the happiest memories in her long and successful career,” Williams wrote about Osaka.
Williams eventually wrote a letter to Osaka stating that she wishes she could relive the moment. When she received a response from Osaka, Williams admits to being emotional.
“When Naomi’s response came through, tears rolled down my face.”
Osaka wrote that Serena “misunderstand anger for strength” and added that Williams should simply “continue trailblazing.”
Harper’s Baazar issue hits newsstands July 23.