Embattled umpire Ramos 'good' despite Serena Williams controversy

Danny Woods
September 13, 2018

The ugly incident reduced Osaka to tears, with NY fans launching into a continual chorus of boos after Williams demanded an apology from Ramos after he penalised her for being coached from the stands before branding him a "thief" for treating her differently to male players.

The Women's Tennis Association made a similar argument, claiming that men and women professional tennis players are treated differently by umpires.

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me it blows my mind". Her victory, however, came amid a firestorm of controversy after Williams angrily confronted chair umpire Carlos Ramos and received three code violations.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was handed a $17,000 fine for her penalties in the match, but opened up an argument against what she believes is preferential treatment in men's tennis.

The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine".

Carlos Ramos has been praised for acting with "professionalism and integrity" by the International Tennis Federation after the umpire was labelled a liar and a thief by Serena Williams during the American star's US Open final meltdown.

Reflecting on her incredible victory, Osaka said she always believed she had a chance to beat Williams.

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Osaka had been composed on the court but became clearly emotional after winning, and pulled her visor over her face as Williams put a comforting arm around her.

"I think she's got that power in the game, she's been a dominant force for so long and she's done so many brilliant, brilliant things on a tennis court".

Williams, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each of them during the match. "I don't think that was the best example of sexism in sport in tennis".

The governing body's support for Ramos came after the WTA, which operates the women's tour, was critical of the way things went between him and Williams in NY.

'What I say on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it's could be even bigger than the tournament. She and Mr. Ramos were, in effect, talking past each other. "She is going for her first Grand Slam title, grew up in NY, that was her moment", she added.

"The idea that Serena has got time to worry about what may go on or not in the box is ridiculous. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that".

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