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Serena hits back after "racist" comments

CLASS ACTS: Venus and Serena Williams (left) have done so much for tennis

SERENA WILLIAMS is said to be angry and upset over derogatory comments made about her family.

The world number one has criticised Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev for making "sexist, racist and bullying" comments about her and sister Venus.

Tarpischev referred to the Americans as "the Williams brothers" on a recent chat show.

He was fined £15,500 and given a one-year ban from the women's tour for comments he described as a "joke".

Williams, who won the US Open is August, added: "I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time," said Williams.

"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."

The Williams sisters have illuminated the sport for over a decade. Serena, 33, has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, while 34-year-old Venus has won seven.

The pair were backed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA).

WTA chief executive Stacy Allaster said they were "insulting, demeaning and have absolutely no place in our sport".

Despite his negative comments, Tarpischev did add that the Williams sisters were "outstanding athletes" who "personify strength and perseverance".

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