Defiant Serena Williams opens up about US Open controversy

D Alexis Ohanian

D Alexis Ohanian

That's the power of Serena Williams. A fiery competitor whose unbelievable athleticism and personal courage have risen above injustices fueled by sexism and racism again and again.

SYDNEY, Australia ― Serena Williams is standing by her assertion that she did not receive coaching during her U.S. Open tennis final against Naomi Osaka, an accusation leveled at her by umpire Carlos Ramos.

"But in this particular case, Carlos Ramos was doing his job". "It's great to play in Japan". Do the people accusing him of racism and sexism have any other evidence to back up this charge? He prides himself on being firm but fair.

Afterward, Serena said the line judge was foolish to fear her, as she's never been a violent person.

Osaka? An awestruck neophyte, it appeared.

On Saturday 8 September, Serena Williams competed for her seventh title in a finals match against Naomi Osaka, and the rest will be history. "This is going to be bad". No questions that Serena had a halo about her that none was ready to believe or perceive that she could be caught on the wrong side. Firmly but politely, she set him straight.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued a warning, claiming Ms. Williams was being coached by Patrick Mouratoglou from the sidelines on September 8 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY. Nevertheless, Serena lost it, heatedly denying she'd ever cheated, which neither Ramos nor anybody else said she did.

Ramos has seen Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou signalling to his struggling prized ward from a vantage point. "It should've ended ... with the point warning, but Serena just couldn't let it go".

Speaking to KVUE, Federer said: "It's interesting but I think it's important to look at it", as per The Express. She smashed her racket which is always an automatic point loss after an initial code violation. If "everybody does it", at least 11 somebodies (9 of them males) in the past three tournaments had been penalized for it. It marks the first singles grand slam win by a Japanese national - a testament to the increasing global influence of the sport.

Beyond that, in what adult world does the argument "everybody does it" fly?

But this is the third time that she has behaved in this way at the same event. After all was said and done, she explained she felt that the way she was treated was sexist, saying that male players do exactly what she was accused of without half the penalty.

Following the match, retired USA tennis star Andy Roddick tweeted, "I've regrettably said worse and I've never gotten a game penalty".

When returning to the court, Williams was still fuming and screaming at Ramos.

Yes, other chair umpires might have given a "soft" warning on the coaching or turned the other cheek when she berated and badgered and finally met the rulebook definition of verbal abuse of an official. On the changeover, she stood up and pointed in Ramos' face, repeatedly demanding that the umpire apologize for something he'd never said. Djokovic adds, "Just maybe changed - not maybe, but he did change the course of the match".

The coaching violation penalty-the call that started it all-was questionable to begin with. But not on Ramos's court. "It's odd that this chair umpire [Carlos Ramos] was the chair umpire of most of the finals of Rafa [Nadal] and [his uncle] Toni's coaching every single point and he never gave a warning so I don't really get it".

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