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Strycova receives death threats for criticising Williams

Published 11/06/2018, 6:02 PM EST

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The world was shaken by Serena William’s behaviour at the Grand Slam final at Flushing Meadows.  The 32-year-old, Barbora Strycova criticised Williams on her etiquettes on the Arthur Ashe Arena. Williams claimed to be the victim of sexism during the US Open final, but Strycova feels all that was futile. She believes that the American’s outburst was due to the fact that ‘she was losing.’  Strycova opened about the threatening messages that she received after denouncing Williams for her behaviour. Serena called the chair umpire a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’. After being warned for coaching, which she denied. Williams eventually was eventually given a game penalty as she slammed her racket and verbally abused on the court.

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“A lot of threatening news has come. Definitely from the fans of Serena,” Strycova said. “Although the translations were bad, a lot of threatening messages came in. Some were cruel … they would kill me, and so on. Since I get enough fines for my behaviour, I know the fine for Serena is totally ridiculous. I know what I can afford. Serena was not punished enough,” she continued. Williams has not stepped on the tennis courts since that disgraceful moment. She has neither appeared much on the forefront. Also in one of her interviews, she mentioned that she was trying to get over it and move on with the dilemma which happened in September. 

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Strycova has received threatening messages quite a few times before this. She was also a victim of threats from people involved in the world of betting. “After winning and lost matches, the messages come mainly from the bettors. They write to us that we owe them money.” Said Strycova. “The family becomes involved. They are the poor (people) who sit down to the computer and write something that hurts a person.” She concludes the year with three WTA titles in doubles. Also, she is ranked fifth in the world. At present, she is busy in the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and America.

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Mahalakshmi Murali


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