Ramos backed by ITF over ‘regrettable’ Serena rant

Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open meltdown

Mark Knight's image in question shows Williams, who labelled the umpire a "thief" after she lost to Osaka during the U.S. Open final, was portrayed as a big black baby, while he drew Osaka as a blonde girl in the background. He says that while he initially felt bad for Osaka for having a win over her idol spoiled in such a way, he understands Williams calling Ramos a "thief" since he handed Osaka a game. Serena denied seeing him.

Greg Rusedski says Serena Williams' suggestions she was a victim of sexism in her US Open final defeat are "unjustified".

Then she got a point penalty for smashing her racket, followed by a game penalty for verbal abuse after she confronted the umpire.

At a press conference following the match, Williams said that she didn't regret her comments to Ramos and hopes that her actions on Saturday will mean that in the future, other female tennis players won't have to deal with what she and many see as a double standard in the sport.

WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men [vs.] women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same". We do not believe that this was the case last night.

The match ended with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka beating her idol, becoming the first Japanese woman to win the US Open.

"I think all these claims of sexism are just not justified and if I look at it in retrospect I'd say Serena actually owes Naomi Osaka an apology because she was the better player on the day, she would have won the match fair and square without all of the hoopla".

United States great Billie Jean King was among those coming down hard on Serena's side in her claim that chair umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for comments that a male player could have gotten away with.

Williams' behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity. Not only did Williams have to bear the brunt of the umpire's decision, but she also had to accept that it was a violation not of her doing. Retired tennis player James Blake said that Williams should have at least been given a warning by Ramos. "I think that was poor form", said Vandeweghe. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

Players cannot receive coaching during a Grand Slam match (including the warm-up).

On-court coaching is allowed by the WTA at its Tour-level events.

Azarenka, former US Open champion, tweeted: "If it was a men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed".



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