The US Open row will not tarnish Serena’s legacy: Evert

Serena Williams lifts the Australian Open trophy in 2017. Now she is back looking for a record-equalling 24th Slam

Chris Evert has no doubt that history will only reflect well on Serena Williams, who is preparing for the Australian Open.

If US Open victor Naomi Osaka is feeling the pressure of being the tennis world's newest Grand Slam champion, she's hiding it well in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

It was an incident that overshadowed Naomi Osaka's maiden grand slam triumph and split opinion among fans and pundits alike.

The seven-time Australian Open champion hasn't played the Australian Open since 2017 when she beat her sister Venus in the finals while playing pregnant.

When it comes to Williams, who is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the January 14-27 Australian Open, Evert believes it is her remarkable journey from the hardscrabble courts in Compton where she learned the game to the top of the tennis world that will be remembered most.

Yet she appears to have put the emotional turmoil experienced in NY behind her and is revelling in her status as standard bearer for the next generation of women's players.

"I think that her record, the way she was raised and the journey, the path, the route she took to be number one, the family, the whole story is so overwhelming". These courts are suited for me.

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Williams reached the finals at Wimbledon and in NY on what was her comeback year on the WTA Tour in 2018 following the birth of her first child. "Maybe she has it even more now that she is a working mother", Evert said.

"I think that sometimes we've gone too far", Bernard Giudicelli told a tennis magazine as the federation pledged to introduce a dress code for this year's tournament in Paris. Now she's married, has a child, has a rich life, and can get away from it. She's in position where can break records in the tennis world. I have nothing against her or anything.

Osaka apologized to Williams and the fans in her speech at Arthur Ashe stadium after the American urged the crowd to give the champion recognition for her feat.

Last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

"It's yet another chapter in the incredible story of Serena Williams", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe said about Williams' US Open episode.

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