After the match, whereas Osaka accepted the trophy, boos rang round Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka wept.
“Not solely was a sport taken from me however a defining, triumphant second was taken from one other participant, one thing she ought to keep in mind as one of many happiest reminiscences in her lengthy and profitable profession,” the 37-year-old Williams wrote. “My coronary heart broke.”
As the times handed, Williams stated within the essay, she began seeing a therapist and wasn’t prepared to select up a tennis racket. She determined to write down to Osaka, and here’s what she stated:
“As I stated on the courtroom, I’m so happy with you and I’m actually sorry. I believed I used to be doing the correct factor in sticking up for myself. However I had no concept the media would pit us towards one another. I might love the possibility to stay that second over once more. I’m, was, and can at all times be comfortable for you and supportive of you. I might by no means, ever need the sunshine to shine away from one other feminine, particularly one other black feminine athlete. I am unable to wait in your future, and imagine me I’ll at all times be watching as an enormous fan! I want you solely success right now and sooner or later. As soon as once more, I’m so happy with you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”
When Williams obtained Osaka’s response, the 23-time main champion stated tears rolled down her face.
“Folks can misunderstand anger for power as a result of they can not differentiate between the 2,” Osaka replied, based on Williams. “Nobody has stood up for themselves the best way you’ve and you could proceed trailblazing.”
Williams went on to write down within the essay: “It was on this second that I noticed the true motive the US Open was so laborious for me to recover from: It wasn’t due to the backlash I confronted however moderately due to what had occurred to the younger lady who deserved a lot extra in her particular second. I had felt that it was my fault and that I ought to have saved my mouth closed. However now, seeing her textual content placing every part in perspective, I noticed she was proper.”
“In the end, my daughter is the rationale I take advantage of my voice, the rationale I picked up a racket once more,” Williams wrote.