S. Williams says Armstrong let all athletes down

S. Williams says Armstrong let all athletes down
January 19, 2013, 1:26 am
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Serena Williams of the US hits a return to Japan's Ayumi Morita during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams says Lance Armstrong let all athletes down by doping and telling lies about it for so long, while No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka says the disgraced former cyclist ``deserves everything he gets.''

Williams and Azarenka, speaking Saturday after their third-round wins at the Australian Open, said Armstrong's confession after such vehement denials cast doubt over other sports.

Williams says ``unfortunately, I think a lot of people now look and are like, `OK, if somebody (is) that great, what about everyone else in every other sport?'''

Azarenka says ``everybody works so hard to be the best ... you cannot go other ways.''

On Friday, Novak Djokovic said, ``I think it's a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this'' and that he should ``suffer for his lies.''