|By Melanie Burton1/2 |By Melanie Burton
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By Melanie Burton
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams on Friday brushed off a remark made about her at the Australian Open which led to a TV commentator being stood down by broadcaster ESPN.
Doug Adler, commentating on the African-American 13th seed's second-round match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele on Wednesday, provoked outrage on social media when he was taken to have described Williams charging "like a gorilla". Adler, a former tennis professional, said he had said "guerrilla".
Williams was questioned about the comment after thrashing China's Duan Ying-Ying 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round.
"All I can say is it's been a wonderful, wonderful career for me full of positives. That's what I focus on. I mean, what else can I do? It's a beautiful life. That's how I feel about every single thing," the 36-year-old told reporters.
"I pay attention and address situations that are noteworthy. That's been my past record, clearly."
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ESPN said Adler "should have been more careful in his word selection".
"He apologised and we have removed him from his remaining assignments," the broadcaster said in a statement.
Williams despatched Duan in 59 minutes and will play world number 181 Mona Barthel of Germany in the fourth round.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)