‘We’ve never had signals’: Serena Williams maintains she did not receive coaching during the US Open

Serena Williams remains adamant she did not receive coaching during the US open, despite her coach admitting otherwise, in her first sit down interview after the controversy.

The 36-year-old tennis legend maintained her belief that men and women should be treated equally in her first interview since the defeat. 

Williams was critical of umpire Carlos Ramos after he penalized, claiming she communicated with coach Patrick Mouratoglou in the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka. 

Serena Williams remains adamant she did not receive coaching during the US open, despite her coach admitting otherwise

Serena Williams remains adamant she did not receive coaching during the US open, despite her coach admitting otherwise

Serena Williams remains adamant she did not receive coaching during the US open, despite her coach admitting otherwise

Patrick Mouratoglou (pictured during the finals match) controversially admitted to coaching Williams from the sideline, saying that it was not an uncommon occurrence in the game

Patrick Mouratoglou (pictured during the finals match) controversially admitted to coaching Williams from the sideline, saying that it was not an uncommon occurrence in the game

Patrick Mouratoglou (pictured during the finals match) controversially admitted to coaching Williams from the sideline, saying that it was not an uncommon occurrence in the game

Williams was critical of umpire Carlos Ramos after he penalised her for communicating with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou in the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka

Williams was critical of umpire Carlos Ramos after he penalised her for communicating with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou in the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka

Williams was critical of umpire Carlos Ramos after he penalised her for communicating with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou in the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka

Mouratoglou controversially admitted to coaching Williams from the sideline, saying that it was not an uncommon occurrence in the game.

‘I’m honest, I was coaching,’ Mouratoglou said after the game. ‘I don’t think she looked at me, so that’s why she didn’t even think I was.’ 

But Williams argued otherwise in a sit-down interview with Lisa Wilkinson for The Sunday Project, an Australian news show. 

‘He said he made a motion, I don’t understand what he was talking about,’ Williams told Wilkinson. We’ve never had signals.’ 

The teaser also hints at a moment where Wilkinson asks Williams: 'Do you regret that?'

The teaser also hints at a moment where Wilkinson asks Williams: 'Do you regret that?'

The teaser also hints at a moment where Wilkinson asks Williams: ‘Do you regret that?’

Williams appears to hesitate at the question, replying only with an 'um' as she looks down 

Williams appears to hesitate at the question, replying only with an 'um' as she looks down 

Williams appears to hesitate at the question, replying only with an ‘um’ as she looks down 

Williams also affirmed her argument that sportswomen should be treated the same as their male counterparts.

‘I just don’t understand. If you’re a female you should be able to do, even half, of what a guy can do,’ she said.

The teaser also hints at a moment where Wilkinson asks Williams: ‘Do you regret that?’ 

Williams appears to hesitate at the question, replying only with an ‘um’. 

She then looks away, clearly uncomfortable, as Wilkinson tries to comfort her. 

She then looks away, clearly uncomfortable, as Wilkinson tries to comfort her during the interview. She then takes a breath and says 'um' again before the scene cuts out 

She then looks away, clearly uncomfortable, as Wilkinson tries to comfort her during the interview. She then takes a breath and says 'um' again before the scene cuts out 

She then looks away, clearly uncomfortable, as Wilkinson tries to comfort her during the interview. She then takes a breath and says ‘um’ again before the scene cuts out 

‘I’m totally in your hands Serena, totally in your hands,’ she says. 

Williams then takes a breath and says ‘um’ again before the scene cuts out in the teaser.  

In the September 9 heated on-court debate, Williams said she was not a cheater and claimed there was a double-standard between the treatment of male and female athletes. 

Williams demanded an apology from Ramos, who she labeled a ‘thief’.

In the September 9 heated on-court debate, Ms Williams said she was not a cheater and claimed there was a double-standard between the treatment of male and female athletes

In the September 9 heated on-court debate, Ms Williams said she was not a cheater and claimed there was a double-standard between the treatment of male and female athletes

In the September 9 heated on-court debate, Ms Williams said she was not a cheater and claimed there was a double-standard between the treatment of male and female athletes

‘I never got coaching. I explained that to you and for you to attack my character then something is wrong. You’re attacking my character. Yes you are. You owe me an apology,’ she told him.

‘You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology.’

In a bid to win her 24th Grand Slam title, Williams fell to 20-year-old Osaka in straight sets.

The day after, Williams said she was shocked to hear Mouratoglou admit to coaching.

‘We have never discussed signals,’ she said. ‘I don’t even call for on-court coaching.’ 

‘I’m trying to figure out why he would say that. I don’t understand. I mean, maybe he said “You can do it”.

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire's reaction was 'extreme' 

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire's reaction was 'extreme' 

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire’s reaction was ‘extreme’ 

‘I was on the far other end, so I’m not sure. I want to clarify myself what he’s talking about.’

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire’s reaction was ‘extreme’.

‘Everybody does it- you all know it,’ he told reporters. ‘There is the rule and there’s a psychology the chair umpire is supposed to have.’

‘He would say he saw you coach, do a movement and give a warning. What he did was so extreme. It’s a shame.

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd's reaction to Osaka's shining moment, and even got up to the microphone and asked the crowd to stop booing  

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd's reaction to Osaka's shining moment, and even got up to the microphone and asked the crowd to stop booing  

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd’s reaction to Osaka’s shining moment, and even got up to the microphone and asked the crowd to stop booing  

‘There’s a rule, yes. But you don’t screw a Grand Slam final and make it the drama the way it was. It could have easily been avoided if there was psychology.’

Mouratoglou said Williams felt she was ‘insulted’ by Ramos.

‘[He] treated her like a cheater,’ he said. ‘She felt completely humiliated. That’s why she reacted like that. Integrity is the most important thing to her.’

A teaser for the interview suggests that Williams struggles to answer a question posed by Wilkinson.

The sportswoman is also expected to do something she has never done in front of the camera before.

The exclusive interview will air on The Sunday Project next Sunday evening. 

The exclusive interview will air on The Sunday Project next Sunday evening

The exclusive interview will air on The Sunday Project next Sunday evening

The exclusive interview will air on The Sunday Project next Sunday evening

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