I'm rooting for Serena to surpass Court, and she deserves to go down in history as a great champion, but that essay bugged me.
I appreciate that she took responsibility for her role in diminishing what should have been an amazing moment for Osaka, but IMO, she completely mischaracterized the rest of her behavior. Her coach admitted he was signaling her, the violation she received was legit, and for her to frame it as the patriarchy keeping a strong woman silent is completely inaccurate. She deserved the first violation and the second-- the chair umpire did not deserve to be painted as the villain. She had all the power in that situation- she can shout and insult him and he would lose his job and end his career if he responded.
And I maintain that she wouldn't have been upset in the first place if Osaka hadn't been outplaying her BEFORE the controversy started.
For her to frame the situation as a woman being silenced when trying to speak out is bullshit in my book (I'm still a little pissed about it, obviously).