Indian Wells - Serena Williams on Thursday defended her use
of a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) at the 2015 French Open, saying she uses
them regularly and has never tested positive for illegal substances.
Williams was asked about her use of TUE's following her
first round victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Indian
"I have never tested positive. I have always done the
TUE so you should fact check that," Williams said.
"I wasn't going to play (the French Open) unless I had
a TUE because if you remember that year I was incredibly sick."
Williams insisted she did nothing wrong and that she
requested the TUE in 2015 to fight the illness. She skipped practice sessions
and needed five three-set wins before eventually claiming the title over Lucie
"I am never, ever going to take an advantage over
someone else. That is not who I am."
Reports show Williams was given approval for a TUE for the
corticosteroid anti-inflammatory prednisone to help to alleviate the symptoms.
"I don't know how I even won the [tournament], and I
said I literally can't play the final," Williams said.
"I have played over 20 years and I have always been
extremely honest and that is one thing I take pride on especially having a
daughter and having a kid.
"I would never be able to look my kid in the eye and
say 'Mom cheated' or Mom did something like that.
"That is totally irresponsible and even before that
I've always had that attitude."