Serena Williams out of China Open draw

Serena Williams out of China Open draw

Williams fell to Osaka 6-2, 6-4, and was assessed three code of conduct violations in the match.

Serena Williams" meltdown during the US Open final might have revealed a side of the tennis legend some tennis fans hadn't seen before, but another fellow athlete says she was exposed to the "mean' side of Serena long before she made global headlines at Flushing Meadows.

In extraordinary scenes, Williams went into a tailspin after a warning for receiving coaching from the sidelines, smashing her racquet and being docked a point and then a game.

"But that's neither here nor there".

"She was kind of mean to a lot of people at the Olympics and just kind of made me not want to be like her", Shields continued.

It was hoped Australian audiences would get some answers when The Sunday Project 's Lisa Wilkinson interviewed the tennis star but Williams, and her publicist, kept a lid on the line of questioning.

"In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court".

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This year marks the fourth-straight that the 37-year-old has declined to play in a tournament following the U.S Open, making it nearly a routine move for her at this point.

The biggest event left on the 2018 calendar is next month's elite, eight-player WTA Finals in Singapore. But with no points to defend, she should not experience a lot of rankings movement, and is now the world No. 16.

Williams has won the China Open twice in her career - once at the inaugural event in 2004 and again in 2013.

After returning to the circuit as a mother in March, Williams reached the French Open last 16 before pulling out injured, and she lost the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber.

Williams, who is now ranked No. 16 in the world, will likely take the court next at the Australian Open in January.

She denies being coached from the stands, despite her coach Patrick Mouratoglou saying he was sending her signals.

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