Serena Needs Anger Management

Tuesday at Wimbledon, Serena Williams was fined $10,000  for damaging one of the courts with her racquet during a practice session. She was previously fined the same amount for repeatedly smashing her racket on the Wimbledon court during a match in 2016. After her loss in last year’s US Open final, Williams started seeing a therapist, then issued a written public apology to the woman who defeated her.

By Jill Martin, July 9, 2019

CNN – Something was keeping Serena Williams from moving forward after her loss to Naomi Osaka in last year’s US Open final.

She believed she owed Osaka an apology, Williams revealed in an essay published Tuesday in Harper’s BAZAAR.

While a then-20-year-old Osaka prevailed against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in New York to win her first major, it was overshadowed by controversy, with Williams clashing with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a “thief.”

After the match, while Osaka accepted the trophy, boos rang around Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka wept.

“Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player, something she should remember as one of the happiest memories in her long and successful career,” the 37-year-old Williams wrote. “My heart broke.”

As the days passed, Williams said in the essay, she started seeing a therapist and wasn’t ready to pick up a tennis racket.

She decided to write to Osaka, and here is what she said:

“As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete …” Read more. 

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“How can I control my anger?”

By Christian Nordqvist, 19 December 2018

Medical News Today – Anger is a natural, healthy emotion. However, it can arise out of proportion to its trigger.

In these cases, the emotion can impede a person’s decision-making, damage relationships, and otherwise cause harm. Learning to control anger can limit the emotional damage.

Anger is a common response to frustrating or threatening experiences. It can also be a secondary response to sadness, loneliness, or fear. In some cases, the emotion may seem to arise from nowhere.

Feeling angry often and to an extreme degree can impact relationships and a person’s psychological well-being and quality of life. Suppressing and storing up anger can also have a damaging and lasting impact.

The journal CNS Spectrums reported in 2015 that 7.8 percent of people in the United States experienced “inappropriate, intense, or poorly controlled” anger. This was more common among adult males.

Tools and techniques can help people come to terms with anger triggers and respond to these in more healthy ways.

In this article, we explore the steps a person can take at home, as well as the therapeutic options available.

What is anger management?

Catching anger before it reaches full rage is key to managing it effectively.

Anger management involves a range of skills that can help with recognizing the signs of anger and handling triggers in a positive way.

It requires a person to identify anger at an early stage and to express their needs while remaining calm and in control. Read more. 

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