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Serena Williams Poses in Unretouched Photo Shoot & Reveals Her Apology Message to Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s August 2019 issue, out on newsstands on July 23.

Here’s what the 37-year-old tennis star had to say…

On her actions at the 2018 US Open against Naomi Osaka: “I started to think again, ‘What could I have done better? Was I wrong to stand up? Why is it that when women get passionate, they’re labeled emotional, crazy, and irrational, but when men do they’re seen as passionate and strong?’”

On her apology to Naomi: “Days passed, and I still couldn’t find peace. 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. Finally I realized that there was only one way for me to move forward. It was time for me to apologize to the person who deserved it the most. I started to type, slowly at first, then faster as if the words were flowing out of me. ‘Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”

On receiving Naomi’s response to her apology: “When Naomi’s response came through, tears rolled down my face. ‘People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,’ she said graciously. ‘No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.’ It was in this moment that I realized the real reason the US Open was so hard for me to get over: It wasn’t because of the backlash I faced but rather because of what had happened to the young woman who deserved so much more in her special moment. I had felt that it was my fault and that I should have kept my mouth closed. But now, seeing her text putting everything in perspective, I realized she was right.”

For more from Serena, head to HarpersBazaar.com.

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Serena Williams Parties with Grigor Dimitrov & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Ahead of Wimbledon!

Serena Williams and Grigor Dimitrov strike a pose with Virgil Abloh while attending his Live in The Nightclub party at Annabel’s on Thursday (June 27) in London, England.

The 37-year-old tennis superstar found time to let her hair down before the tournament begins, and joined a host of stars including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The Off-White designer took to the decks for a DJ set, and also posed for photos with his famous guests.

Earlier in the day, Serena and Grigor Dimitrov were joined by fellow tennis player Novak Djokovic as they also checked out the Rush of Blood to the Head exhibition.

Rush of Blood to the Head is an exhibition currently at the Maddox Gallery, showcasing the works of influential American artist Brendan Murphy in his first solo UK show.

Brendan is most famous for his chalkboard-style artworks, with vast surface areas filled with writing reflecting different emotions.

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Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian Couple Up for Mouratoglou Tennis Academy Charity Gala!

Serena Williams happily strikes a pose alongside Hilary Swank while hitting the red carpet at the Charity Gala of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy held on Sunday (June 23) in Biot, France.

The 37-year-old tennis superstar looked super chic in a green dress while accompanied by her 36-year-old Reddit co-founder hubby Alexis Ohanian.

The happy couple were all smiles as they enjoyed a night out together at the black tie gala with a celebrity packed guest list that also included Mike Tyson and Hilary‘s husband Philip Schneider.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian were last spotted together at Anna Wintour‘s townhouse for the pre-Met Gala dinner.

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Tennis Player Dominic Thiem Calls Out Serena Williams As Having 'Bad Personality'

Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem was agitated with Serena Williams during the 2019 French Open this weekend and said she has a “bad personality.”

It all started when the 25-year-old Austrian player was in the middle of giving his post-match news conference when suddenly, he was asked to move to a different room.

Dominic discovered that Serena, who had just lost her match in a surprising upset to Sofia Kenin, asked officials to “put me in another room…smaller, but now.”

Officials decided to put her in Dominic‘s room.

“I don’t really get it. Seriously,” Dominic said (via USA Today). “I mean, what the hell? It’s a joke, really.”

“it is just the principle,” he continued. “Even if a junior is in there, every player has to wait. It is a matter of course. It also shows a bad personality, in my opinion. I am 100% sure (Roger) Federer or (Rafael) Nadal would never do something like that.”

See photos of Serena Williams after being eliminated from the French Open…

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Serena Williams Calls Daughter Alexis Olympia 'Best Present I Never Dreamed Of'

Serena Williams can’t wait to see her daughter Alexis Olympia.

The 37-year-old tennis pro took to Twitter on Thursday (May 30) to pen a sweet note to her 20-month-old baby girl.

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“Im not sleepy. I can’t sleep. But then I thought about tomorrow morning. How I get to hang with @OlympiaOhanian and all I wanna do is sleep,” Serena tweeted. “It’s like everyday I get to have the best present I never dreamed of. I love you my baby.”

For the past few days, Serena has been in Paris competing in the 2019 French Open.

Earlier that day, Serena defeated Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2.

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Serena Williams Rocks Female Empowerment Message at French Open First Match!

Serena Williams is sending a subtle message at the 2019 French Open!

The 37-year-old tennis star rocked a two-piece uniform that subtly sent a message to the game’s officials during her ladies singles first round match against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during day two of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on Monday (May 27) in Paris, France.

Serena is wearing a custom Nike skirt and crop top, designed in collaboration with Off-White‘s Virgil Abloh, with a matching cape emblazoned with the words for “Mother,” “Champion,” “Queen,” and “Goddess” in French.

“Let the Roland Garros begin. Here is my French Open look designed by @virgilabloh and @nike,” Serena captioned with her Instagram post – Check out the full outfit here!

In case you missed it last year, Serena‘s famous French Open catsuit was banned.

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