Serena Williams recently appeared on The Project in her first sit-down interview since the US Open. Before getting to the topic of the controversial final, Williams talked candidly about body image, attending the royal wedding, her one-year-old daughter and her New York City dress.
The host, Lisa Wilkinson, eventually made her way into the details of Williams’ 6-2, 6-4 loss to Noami Osaka. It was a touchy subject, to say the least.
So now that she's had time to recover and talk with her coach, what was the 37-year-old's thoughts on the warning she got for Patrick Mouratoglou hand signal?
"I just don’t understand what he was talking about. We don’t have signals. We’ve never had signals," Williams said. "And he said he made a motion. I was like OK you made a motion and now you're telling people that you’re coaching. That doesn’t make sense, why would you say that?
"I was on the other side. I didn’t see the motion. It just was a really confusing moment, I think, for him."
In regards to her thoughts on the divided reaction since then, particularly with Billie Jean King calling the punishment a double standard and Martina Navratilova thinking it was fair, Williams had this to say.
"I honestly am just always supportive of women no matter what. That’s how I’ve always been. If you’re a female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do. I feel like right now we are not as its proven in that same position,"
"I’m just trying to, most of all, just recover from that and just move on."