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ESPN commentator Doug Adler came under fire after fans thought he compared Venus Williams to a gorilla, but he says he was misunderstood.

Venus Williams was dominating Stefanie Voegele during her second-round Australian Open match when Adler said this:

“She misses a first serve and Venus is all over her.  You see Venus move in and put the ‘gorilla/guerrilla’ effect on. Charging.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Adler apologized and said he was describing her aggressive style as “guerrilla” tactics and not comparing her to a gorilla.

The former tennis pro said that he was speaking about Williams’ tactics and strategy and “simply and inadvertently chose the wrong word to describe her play.”

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