Serena Williams fined at US Open: Is it sexism?

Jo Caldwell
September 10, 2018

Williams fell 6-2 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in Saturday's final in a highly-charged match which saw the American repeatedly confront umpire Carlos Ramos.

Open Women's Final by Japan's Naomi Osaka after Williams received three code violations.

While sportspersons of her age group go berserk on social media even for a small achievement, Naomia despite becoming the first Japanese Grand Slam champion in the singles category has held her emotions well. "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. More voices are needed to do the same".

Adams said: 'We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers, nothing happens.

"It's sad for the sport when a player tries to become bigger than the rules". "Because I know she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?"

Williams was fined $17,000 for code violations during the game. He later admitted to coaching, which is an offence in the sport, though one rarely called.

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In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she "was not being coached" and that she "did not understand" why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so.

"I feel for Osaka who should have been able to celebrate her first GS [sic] win without the negativity and drama".

Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

In 2017 during a fourth-round match between Nadal and Roberto Batista Agut at the French Open, Ramos penalized Nadal for two time violations, the second of which cost Nadal a point (not that it mattered much in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory).

Williams abused her racket, but Ramos did something far uglier: He abused his authority...

He called her performance "unbelievable" and forecast a major boon for the Australian Open, which bills itself as the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.

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The tournament referee's office doubled down yesterday, docking Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" after she called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief".

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.

Ings once issued a warning, point penalty and a game penalty against McEnroe at the 1987 U.S. Open for obscenities directed at the umpire. Inspired by the Williams sisters, her father began coaching her early on.

However, he said he wasn't sure sexism was at the root of Ramos's decisions. Like most of us, she has her awkward moments, and they're all so endearing.

Her previous best performance at a Grand Slam was losing in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open. Then, she smashed her racket and was given another violation.

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