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Serena Williams calls out tennis coach claims

PICTURED: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS has opened about her controversial US open defeat against Naomi Osaka, stating she just wants to move on from it.

In the final, Williams was given a code violation for coaching, incurred a point penalty for racquet smashing and was docked a game for verbal abuse.

The American denied she was being coached from the stands, despite her coach Patrick Mouratoglou saying he was sending her signals.

"I just don't understand what he was talking about," Williams said.

Speaking to The Sunday Project, she said: "I asked him (Mouratoglou) 'what are you talking about you were coaching? We don't have signals, we've never had signals'.

"He said he made a motion. So I was like 'you made a motion and now you told people that you're coaching me - that doesn't make sense, why would you say that?'

"I was on the other side. I didn't see the motion. It was just a really confusing moment, I think, for him. What I'm trying to do most of all is to recover from that and move on."

Following the accusation of coaching, Williams was punished for racquet smashing and verbal abuse, and was fined $17,000.

According to BBC Sport Williams did not answer when questioned about whether she regretted breaking her racquet on the court.

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