Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has been fined $1,000 by the WTA after refusing to show up for a press conference post her first round exit at the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka on Wednesday. Osaka won the match 6-3 6-2 and Serena was not in the mood of saying anything for the press, leaving the Crandon Park immediately after the match was finished. Currently unranked, Williams had to pay the lowest possible fine for the violation, and it would have been a $5,000 fine if she was ranked inside the Top 4.
Serena made her Miami debut 20 years ago and she never hit the exit door before the fourth round in the past, lifting eight trophies between 2002-2015. This was her second tournament of the season (her sister Venus beat her at Indian Wells) after missing almost entire 2017 due to pregnancy and she will need some time to hit the right form once again and comes back where she belongs.
This is what Serena had to say for the WTA site after missing to talk with the media at the press conference:
"Every tournament is an opportunity for me to better understand the areas I need to improve to be my best," Williams said in the statement.ALSO READ: ATP Miami: Del Potro survives Haase scare. Nishikori halts Millman
"Naomi played a great match and I learn something each time I play. I look forward to continuing my return by progressing every day. I'm so grateful for my fans who continue to support me every step of this incredible journey."