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Serena Williams’ husband tears up Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac after win over Simona Halep

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Serena williamsHer husband, Alexis Ohanian, fired another blow at Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac after Williams booked another Australian Open semi-final appearance.

Williams was in compelling form during her quarterfinal clash against Simona Halep, thoroughly dismantle the No.2 seed en route to a 6-3 6-3 win at Rod Laver Arena.

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The 39-year-old has looked extremely lively after being forced to withdraw from Roland Garros early last year due to injury, chasing balls defensively with the same ferocity she did earlier in his career.

Williams’ vintage performance so far at the Australian Open has silenced many of his critics who thought his chances of winning another Grand Slam title were slim, with Tiriac one of the harshest critics .

After Williams’ dominant display against Halep and qualified for her 40th Grand Slam semi-final, Ohanian made sure to put the boot in Tiriac on social media.

“Luckily no one is listening to this racist sexist (clown) Tiriac,” he tweeted.

The tweet wasn’t the first time Ohanian had targeted Tiriac and called him racist and sexist, having done so as well. at the end of last year when Tiriac called out Williams’ physique.

“At this age and the weight she is now, she doesn’t move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac told Romanian TV.

“Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”

Williams’ improved lateral movement has stood out so far in her Australian Open campaign, with her agility a far cry from the version of her fans seen at Melbourne Park last year when she was been embarrassed by ankle and Achilles problems.

Williams coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted this week that his withdrawal from Roland Garros last year brought the 23-time Grand Slam winner out of a “vicious cycle”.

“We have struggled the last few years because she had a lot of injuries so she couldn’t train like we wanted,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a vicious cycle because when you can’t train well, you don’t get in shape. When we are not in good shape, we are more injured. We had to get out of this vicious circle.

“At Roland Garros she had an injury that could have gotten worse, and it would have been extremely serious. It was definitely the right decision to stop, heal and start working hard because then she was able to do the necessary work in order to get in shape.

“Now we are in a virtuous cycle more than a vicious one. You have to start this virtuous cycle by being in good shape, then everything is better.”

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