Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama

The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama

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Following the match Williams cited sexism as the reason for her punishment, claiming that she had been treated more harshly than a man would have been. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. Her 36-year-old opponent cleared that up for her with a whisper in her ear during the trophy presentation. You are the U.S. Open champion. A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the US division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one".

Glowing media reports called her a new heroine for Japan.

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With Williams trailing Naomi Osaka 1-0 in the second set of Sunday's eventual 6-2, 6-4 loss, Ramos issued the six-time US Open champion a warning for allegedly receiving signals from her coach.

Williams angrily confronted Ramos, demanding an apology and branding him a "liar" and a "thief", comments which prompted the official to hand down a game penalty.


Osaka, 20, of Japan, said that Williams, 36, told her she was proud of her. The Serbian added, "I don't think it's [the] time and place really to get into other subjects".

'It is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity'.

Ramos is a gold-badge umpire for the ITF, who have released a statement in support of him. As one senior figure put it, umpires felt that Ramos was "hung out to dry".

The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".

'I think the umpire did what was within his rights, ' Murray told BBC Sport. As for the possibility that Osaka might choose to represent the United States in the future, Kawashima said, "I think it's best for society to respect" any decision she makes.

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