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Serena Williams confirms written apology from Tarpischev over offensive comments

  • Serena Williams of the US reacts after hitting an autographed ball into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Serena Williams of the US reacts after hitting an autographed ball into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serena Williams of the US prepares to hit autographed balls into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Serena Williams of the US prepares to hit autographed balls into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev applauds the participants of the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev applauds the participants of the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the "Williams brothers."

At the WTA Finals on Thursday, Williams said "he has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister", adding "it was written. No, I did not speak to him."

Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from tour involvement for a year for his comments on a Russian TV show, in which he also said the sisters were "scary" to look at.

Tarpischev said there was no malicious intent, and the quotes were taken out of context.

The WTA said in a statement that "his derogatory remarks deserve to be condemned."