Was sexism behind penalties given to Serena Williams at US Open finals?

10 September, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Naomi Osaka soars into first Grand Slam final

Serena Williams' dispute with the chair umpire during the 2018 U.S. Open final is the latest issue she's had with match officials at the Grand Slam tournament.

"I know that everyone was cheering for her", she said.

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is hugged by Serena Williams after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

Williams felt she had been treated more harshly than a man would in the same situation, but Court had little sympathy for the 36-year-old. It isn't, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach.

But Osaka was somehow able to keep her composure and she closed out the victory with Williams still unable to gather herself.

When a reporter asked Williams whether her mind had flashed back to her infamous tirade over a foot fault in the final at Flushing Meadows nine years ago, she replied: "I think it's just instantly, just like, 'Oh, gosh, I don't want to go back to 2004.' Forget 2009, you know. I stand for what's right", insisted Williams as they headed into the sixth game - in which Osaka held at love.

But Williams also showed clearly that the last thing she wanted to do was take away from Osaka's moment.

"I ugly cried during Serena & Naomi's match and took a day to process", wrote journalist Yamiche Alcindor.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it", King tweeted.


Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka react after their Women's Singles finals match of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, September 9, 2018.

"For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she said. The tennis superstar then approached Ramos to deny being coached or cheating. Then, she broke her racket which cost her a point, and finally, her reference to the umpire as a "thief" cost her a game.

In a further exchange, Williams again informed umpire Ramos that she is not a cheat and did not receive coaching from Mouratoglou, even adding that she had a daughter so would not do that.

The US Open issued a statement summarizing the events that led up to the game violation and said that Ramos' decision "was final and not reviewable by the Tournament Referee or the Grand Slam Supervisor who were called to the court at that time".

Responding to Mouratoglou's comments, Williams said: "I literally just heard that too".

"How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? But I'm going to continue to fight for women", she said. Viewers also offered an outpouring of sympathy for Osaka, whose first Grand Slam win is tied up in the controversy. "That is not right", Williams said during the match, as the New York Times reports.

Naomi Osaka thwarted Serena Williams' attempts to seal a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open.

On Sunday, Williams was fined $17,000 for the three total code violations, the Associated Press reported.

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