Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Murray rejects Williams' sexism claims against Carlos Ramos

Murray rejects Williams' sexism claims against Carlos Ramos

Cartoonist Mark Knight's image, published in Melbourne's Herald Sun, showed an angry Williams with exaggerated lips and tongue and a wild plume of curly hair rising from the top of her head as she stomped on her tennis racket.

Knight's Twitter account appears to no longer be active.

Critics say his exaggerated depiction of Williams's physical features is reminiscent of historically racist cartoons and that he white washed the appearance of Japan's Osaka by drawing her with a blonde ponytail.

He responded to the criticism by pointing out he had drawn an unflattering portrayal of Australian male tennis star Nick Kyrgios "behaving badly". "It had nothing to do with gender or race".

The potential stance comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) supported the athlete following her claims of sexism against chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the final.

The 36-year-old had already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching when she was penalised further for calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in NY.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with".

It came after the paper's editor, Damon Johnston, said the cartoon "rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend" and Mr Knight has the "has the full support of everyone" at the paper.

That's a kind gesture from Williams, considering Osaka later admitted she thought the crowd was booing her because it wanted Williams to win instead. Later, she smashed her racket and was penalized a point.

Britain's Jamie Murray has rejected claims of men being treated more leniently than women by umpires.

'I think the umpire did what was within his rights, ' Murray told BBC Sport.

'So I don't see that and I think a lot of the anger has been exaggerated too in the debate'. Williams called Santos a "thief" for the coaching ruling and in response Santos issued a third code violation, handing the game to Osaka.

"It was here that Ms. Williams really started to lose the plot". She angrily called Ramos a "thief", pointed out that she has never cheated, mentioned how she tries to set an example for her daughter and demanded an apology.

"It's hard to know, and debatable, whether Ms. Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player", Navratilova wrote. "The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and wants to be strong woman".

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