Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
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Roger Federer finally speaks out on Serena Williams umpire row

Roger Federer finally speaks out on Serena Williams umpire row

Satirical cartoons are often fun to read and if it weren't for the questionable features of this cartoon, I would nearly understand the need for an illustration calling out a reaction people disagreed with.

"We have never discussed signals".

Her statement contradicted what Mouratoglou said. "I'm not coached. I don't cheat".

"So what's her point really? But I was like 100 percent of the coaches on [sic] 100 percent of the matches", Mouratoglou said. She added that she had actually been treated in a way that was way harsh when compared to the event when any male player did a similar thing by smashing the racket followed by a heated up argument with the umpire Carlos Ramos that happened when the player saw a loss during the match against her opponent Naomi Osaka from Japan dated 8 September at the city of NY.

Williams lost the match to Naomi Osaka, 20, after a total of three violations - including one for smashing her racket - which added up to a fine of $17,000. But here it was not a call for wrong bounce but a wrong act, as the Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos perceived, clear about the rules.

"I've played here for many years and got to the final once, so this tournament is very special to me". How can you say that? I know that players can be a poster person for perfection until things begin to turn against them. "I have never cheated in my life!"

But Osaka, who has shone a light on mixed-race athletes in Japan with her fairytale NY triumph, warned that she is now a completely different player.

If I don't agree with the constructive feedback on how I could improve in my role, do I start demanding an apology because I am female? Say it. Say you're sorry... "He stole a point from me". "You're a thief, too!" Williams, who hugged Osaka at the net, refused to shake Ramos' hands after the match.


As such, an anonymous Australian line judge wrote to Stuff.co.nz revealing that there may be officials who boycott Williams' matches in the future.

"Umpires are always in a hard situation because they aren't meant to talk or show any bias so there's an issue if they go on strike against Serena, as is being raised now. Don't worry about me", he said.

Although Williams remained gracious in defeat, Williams still showed a lack of understanding and self-reflection in her post-match press conference.

WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova of the United States attends a press conference during day 7 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub in Singapore on October 29, 2016.

I hope it's not the case, but I think what happened, especially with the finals, and also with [Alize] Cornet [who was penalised on court for adjusting her shirt], obviously there were mistakes that happened along the way and there should be more discretion used - sometimes. "And I grudgingly held on to that racket", according to The New York Times.

Ms. Williams' achievements on the tennis court and her struggle for balance all women go through is playing out before the world, said Dr. Muhammad.

"I just don't understand ... if you're a female, you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do", she continued.

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