Published at 2.35 pm ET September 14, 2018
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Serena Williams talked about her fashion world and her family, but no tennis flaws during a Friday appearance for a trade group in Las Vegas.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was not asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had with the chair referee at her US Open final match in New York for about 25 minutes on stage with Sarah Robb O & # 39; , chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade fair.
Williams, who had no questions from the audience, said earlier that she felt she had been treated harder than a male player would have been for breaking her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set final loss for Naomi Osaka from Japan on September 8 in New York.
Williams received three code violations and got a point and a game penalized. She later received a fine of $ 17,000.
The incident drew a volley of comments during the last few days.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King said that tennis is a double standard for women in comparison to men, and a similar outburst by a male player would have had no repercussions.
A cartoon caricature by Williams appeared in an Australian newspaper that made comparisons with American racial stereotypes from the past.
In Croatia, the American Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier said he thought the gender problem was polarized and politicized in some ways.
"It's been free the week," said Hagan before he led the conversation out of controversy.
"It's not the first time you've been faced with an unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this great ability to come back with so much courage and grace," she said.
She praised applause to praise Williams for calming a rushed audience that inspired the outcome of the US Open to re-focus the moment on Osaka's victory.
"I think it's very important to stand up for what you believe in," Williams said, "especially if it can influence the future and influence many people in the future." That's what it's all about. "
Williams was also asked about what "Hagan" epic comebacks & # 39; mentioned during her 20-year tennis career, including having a baby a little more than a year ago.
The tennis star, who has her own model line, advised business owners to "really find out", what can I do to renew it and bring it back to the top? "
"Really, it's just a great team … and rolling up your sleeves and working hard," Williams said. "I work very, very hard in my game and then I work super hard on my fashion company and I work incredibly hard to be a mother."
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