Serena Williams got off easy

Danny Woods
September 10, 2018

She branded umpire Carlos Ramos a THIEF and demanded tournament referee Brian Earley to come out as she lost in straight sets to 20-year-old Japanese starlet Naomi Osaka.

Nadal added: "I'm telling you this with some type of sadness because I don't want to have any problems". I mean, like he's never taken a game from a man because he's said thief. "I've seen other men call other umpires several things and I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality".

Williams, targetting her seventh United States title, accused Carlos Ramos of treating her differently because she is a woman, in a post match press conference. However, in essence, the warning for her coach, not Williams the tennis player.

Barker said: "Serena in some ways has a point in the fact that I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and (they) haven't been given a violation". "When a man does the same, he's 'outspoken" and there are no repercussions".

"It was also my dream to play Serena in the US Open final, and I'm really glad I was able to do that".

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was stunned by the No.20 seed in the first set, falling to a 6-2 defeat in just 34 minutes.

Williams put her arm around Osaka's shoulder.

Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead.

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"She has inspired Japan at a time when the country is reeling in the aftermath of the Hokkaido quake and torrential rain in western Japan", said 35-year-old Shuichi Fukushima, whose voice had gone hoarse from cheering.

He tweeted: "I covered 17 US Opens for Sports Illustrated". But the Grand Slam committee ruled that what she did "did not rise to the level of a major offense" and so she didn't face the additional disciplinary action that she could have been subject to after what happened in 2009. I don't think he knew if Serena saw the coaching or not. "I don't understand. I want to clarify myself what he's talking about".

Soon, Osaka was finishing off a 6-2, 6-4 victory that made her the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title.

But Brown said Williams had already received warnings for the coaching violations and racket abuse and should have known her subsequent abuse of Ramos would lead to the loss of a game.

Everyone in Osaka's box was reduced to tears - including her mother and Williams' former hitting coach Sascha Bajin, Osaka's first-year coach. This prompted a heated dialogue with the umpire Carlos Ramos. And you stole a point from me.

USTA president Katrina Adams issued a statement after the match, making a point of noting Williams' "class and sportsmanship" and calling her "an inspiration to me, personally, and a credit to our sport, win or lose".

That's the challenge tennis player Serena Williams was recently faced. Ramos interpreted the remark as verbal abuse, and awarded a game to Osaka, putting the eventual victor one game away from victory. I just texted Patrick because we don't have signals, we've never discussed signals.

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