Doug Adler, commentating on the African-American 13th seed's
second-round match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on
Wednesday, provoked outrage on social media when he was taken to
have described Williams charging "like a gorilla". Adler, a
former tennis professional, said he had said "guerrilla".
Williams was questioned about the comment after thrashing
China's Duan Ying-Ying 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round.
"All I can say is it's been a wonderful, wonderful career for me
full of positives. That's what I focus on. I mean, what else can
I do? It's a beautiful life. That's how I feel about every
single thing," the 36-year-old told reporters.
"I pay attention and address situations that are noteworthy.
That's been my past record, clearly."
ESPN said Adler "should have been more careful in his word
"He apologised and we have removed him from his remaining
assignments," the broadcaster said in a statement.
Williams despatched Duan in 59 minutes and will play world
number 181 Mona Barthel of Germany in the fourth round.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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