Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Tennis world divided after Serena Williams' US Open outburst

Tennis world divided after Serena Williams' US Open outburst

Williams has split opinion around the world with her behaviour during the straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism. "He did change the course of the match".

Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures.

Women's governing body the WTA supported Williams and chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed her a different level of tolerance over her outbursts than if she had been a man.

The controversial series of events started when umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation warning after he spotted her coach, who was in the stands, giving her hand signals. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams told Ramos in a breathless rage.

Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.

Osaka was seen crying during the ceremony, and Williams appeared to lean over and say something in her ear, presumably to console her.


In sports, stuff happens and how an athlete copes with that stuff can determine whether he or she ends up with a championship.

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.

"The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class". "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality". Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

"They are always with their dogs behind, their team", she said. "I think it's a matter of having a conversation with the two guys and saying let's cut it out, let's slow it down, and then perhaps not understanding how they can have the same conversation with the females".

The International Tennis Federation did wholeheartedly back Ramos, saying in its statement that "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

"It's unusual because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".

'For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel, ' she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

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