Serena Williams of the United States of America talks to chair umpire after a code violation for coaching while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The 36-year-old called chair umpire Ramos a "thief" and demanded an apology after the latter handed her three code violations, which included a game penalty, during the dramatic women's singles final on Saturday. Umpire Carlos Ramos penalised Williams after seeing her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, making a hand gesture.
The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men v women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same.
Williams lost her cool and verbally abused the umpire, calling him a "liar" and a "thief".
Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on, he said. Later, at the trophy ceremony, waves of boos erupted and 20-year-old Osaka quickly pulled down her visor and wept.
In an interview with GQ, it was noted that one of the first things she mentioned was Overwatch, a popular video game. I don't see things as Mr. Simon does. "It was a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well".
"I know what Serena did and her behaviour was not welcome".
Navratilova spoke to The New York Times, praising Williams for her message of inequality but criticizing the context in which she made her argument. But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [rights].
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When asked if she was aware of her popularity back home, Osaka said: "I'm not really sure".
"It began, really, two nights before, when she beat Madison Keys in the semifinals and immediately embraced the chance to play Serena in the final", Tennis.com's Steve Tignor pointed out.
Djokovic had sympathy for Williams in terms of the sanctions she was given but does not agree that women are treated differently from men.
When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to say she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win".
As to Williams' red herring sexist claim, it should be pointed out that 23 male players have been fined for behaviour violations in the current US Open against 10 women - among whom her own $17 000 fine is totally inadequate in view of the $1.85 million she has received as a beaten finalist.
"There are umpires who sometimes put more pressure than others, and you have to accept this", Nadal said after that match.
Still, players such as Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios have complained on court after receiving code violations from Ramos.