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Serena Williams blasts "extremely sexist, racist" remarks

Serena Williams slams Shamil Tarpischev's remarks as "sexist" and "racist" after the Russian Tennis Federation president insulted her and sister Venus.

World number one Serena Williams has claimed that comments made by Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev were "extremely sexist" and "racist".

Tarpischev referred to Serena and her sister Venus Williams as "the Williams brothers" while on a US chat show and later apologised for his comments, which he said were "made without malicious intent".

"I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time," Serena told BBC Sport.

"I thought they were, in a way, bullying. I just wasn't very happy with his comments. I think a lot of people weren't happy as well."

Serena has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles throughout her career and is the reigning US Open champion.

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Serena Williams of the US raises her arms after defeating Venus Williams of the US during their women's final match at the US Open Tennis Tournament on September 7, 2002
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