Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2018

"He did change the course of the match".

"Anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour", he added.

Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty.

She is also set to ink a $10 million deal with Adidas to go with the almost $4 million she took home for her U.S. Open win.

The No1-ranked female tennis player has dominated sport columns in the last week after she unleashed a scathing tirade on umpire Carlos Ramos during her loss to Naomi Osaka.

The row shows no signs of going away as fellow American legend of the sport Billie Jean King came out in support of Serena's sexism claims this week, saying in the aftermath of the final: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it". Gusts of rage and injustice cyclone through your body, and you think: "Don't let me lose it".

Sadly, in what should have been a triumphant moment for Naomi Osaka-becoming the first U.S. Open victor from Japan-we got a playbook of leadership faults to learn from.

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"I just thought I shouldn't have any regrets".

Ultimately, Ms. Williams lost a match that she was likely to lose anyway, and the controversy should take nothing away from the excellent play of victor Naomi Osaka (Ms. Williams was also fined US$17,000 for the three code violations). "If it's like this, let me know".

Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.

Serena Williams yells at umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match in New York City on September 8, 2018. When she smashed her racquet in frustration he cited her again, giving her a point penalty.

Soon after, Williams lost her cool in a way worthy of famous tennis hothead John McEnroe.

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court. "At the time, I did. think that they were booing at me".

An analysis of the past 20 years of grand-slam events reveals that men have been handed 1,534 code violations, versus just 526 handed to women.

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