Serena said she was proud of me - Osaka

039;Disturbed' umpires consider boycotting games forming union over Serena ‘sexism’ spat – report

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Her first Grand Slam title may have been overshadowed by what happened between Serena Williams and a chair umpire, but Naomi Osaka's star is clearly on the rise after winning the US Open.

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

The International Tennis Federation supported Ramos in a statement released Monday, saying that his decisions were "in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses".

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication.

Other umpires are reportedly not so cool with the outrageous smearing of Ramos.

"I think that's a bit far-fetched", the Briton, who is the older brother of former world number one Andy Murray, told BBC Sport. The umpires take a lot of crap from male and female multi millionaire players.

USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams was overheard apologizing to Ramos on the sidelines of Thursday's draw ceremony.

It constitutes a huge backflip from the USTA, which has been Williams' biggest supporter.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly. In an interview with The Times of London, an anonymous source revealed that before the U.S. Open even started, chair umpires were unhappy with the event's disorganization; when Williams accused Ramos of making sexist calls, they became increasingly angry.

Ramos will return to the chair today for one of the two opening singles rubbers in the semi-final between Croatia and the U.S. in Zadar. She was unphased by facing her idol in the women's final at Flushing Meadows, in front of a crowd that was overwhelmingly partial to the 36-year-old Williams - who lost her cool during the match and repeatedly confronted the umpire after she was given multiple code violations.

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott. Ings insisted that the "Umpires are just upset". "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".

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