Kelly Rowland fuming over Serena’s ‘sexist’ $17K tennis fine
Kelly Rowland is making a racket in defense of pal Serena Williams after the tennis great was hit with a five-digit fine following her US Open defeat on Saturday to 20-year-old underdog Naomi Osaka.
Venus Williams, La La Anthony, Kelly Rowland watch Serena Williams during the women’s final of the US Open. Getty Images
“We’re going to call it like it is — sexist. We have more work to do with women’s equality,” singer, actress and television personality Rowland told The Post at the Prabal Gurung fashion show on Sunday. “It was horrible; I was there.”
Williams struggled throughout the Grand Slam match, at one point smashing her racket in anger and getting dinged a point. After Williams’ ensuing altercation with a chair umpire, the US Tennis Association ruled she engaged in a form of “verbal abuse” and fined the star athlete $17,000 for three code violations.
Rowland isn’t having it.
“Ridiculous,” fumes the co-founding member of Destiny’s Child. “She didn’t yell at the umpire; she simply called him a thief, which is exactly what he is.”