Serena Williams Makes a Grand Slam Against 'Racist and Sexist' Remarks

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 2:50 PM PDT, October 19, 2014
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It's a different kind of slam from tennis star Serena Williams.

Perhaps it was lost in translation as Russian can be difficult to translate word for word, but when Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev called Serena Williams a "brother," Serena had her own words for him.

Tarpischev appeared on a Russian television talk show, Evening Urgant, on October 7 and called Serena and her sister Venus "the Williams brothers."

CNN reported that Tarpischev was suspended from the Women's Tennis Association and fined $25,000 for his words.

Today, Serena spoke to reporters in Singapore and addressed the situation saying, "I think the WTA did a great job of taking initiative and taking immediate action to his comments. I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time."

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She further says, "In this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it's really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks."

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Tarpischev apologized and in a statement released by the Russian Tennis Federation to Russia Today, he says, "I am sorry that the joke which was translated into English out of its context of a comedy show drew so much attention. I don’t think this situation is worth all the hoopla because those words were said without any malice."

Serena is currently the world's number one tennis player going into the WTA finals.

Not only a great tennis player, but Serena can sing. Watch the video below to see her karaoke.

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