Serena Williams of USA thanks the support after her match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during day four of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 23, 2014 in Singapore

Serena Williams of USA thanks the support after her match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during day four of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals tennis at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 23, 2014 in Singapore

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

“He has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister,” Williams said at the WTA Finals on Thursday, 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.”