'Hope she likes it': Aussie cartoonist draws Serena Williams again

Mark Knight has made a cheeky reference to his controversial Serena Williams depiction in his end of year cartoon.

The Herald Sun cartoonist caused international outrage earlier this year with his drawing of Serena’s infamous US Open meltdown.

The controversial cartoon. Image: Herald Sun

But in his annual year-in-review cartoon, published on Monday, Knight has drawn Serena again.

Knight has drawn Serena sitting at a bar, sharing a drink with Knight himself.

However this time the tennis superstar looks quite a bit different.

“I’d like to think this is a sort of a peace-offering from myself to Serena,” Knight told 3AW Radio on Monday.

“I hope she likes the way I’ve drawn her.”

Knight said he wanted to steer well clear of controversy this time around.

“Can I say, I drew her with great caution,” he said.

Serena hits the court at Hopman Cup

The 23-time grand slam winner lost to her sister Venus Williams in an exhibition match last week, and arrives at the Hopman Cup as a major drawcard.

Her appearance in Perth will be her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

The relaxed setting of the Hopman Cup is the perfect place for Williams to ease her way back into competition mode ahead of the Australian Open.

Serena Williams serves to Maria Sakkari at the Hopman Cup. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Williams will also be back in action on Tuesday night when the US take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

with AAP