Serena Williams to miss China Open after controversial defeat

After controversial defeat by Naomi Osaka in this year’s US Open, Serena Williams might not participate in the China Open held in Beijing. The event starts in the Chinese capital this Saturday, but neither Serena’s, nor her sister Venus’s names have been drawn for the event. Following the US Open controversy, it’s highly likely that Serena Williams will not be playing again this season.

The 37-year old tennis player was aiming to equal Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her match against Naomi Osaka, but was accused of being coached from the stands by coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Despite Serena’s complete denial of the fact, Mouratoglou confirmed that he was sending her signals from the stands. Controversy sparked after Williams called umpire Carlos Ramos a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’ for his accusations, and was given multiple penalties for her actions.

What followed was a code violation for coaching, a point penalty for racquet smashing, and a docked game for verbal abuse – which is probably why we won’t see Williams playing in the China Open, or any other events this season. The American was also fined $17,000 for violating code regulations after the final.

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