Naomi Osaka victory over Serena Williams overshadowed by sexism, racism

Naomi Osaka victory over Serena Williams overshadowed by sexism, racism

Serena Williams of the US talks to chair umpire after a code violation for coaching while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said.

From there, Williams summoned the tournament referee to the court and said male tennis players were not punished for similar offences.

Williams' incendiary post-match press conference, where she accused Ramos of sexism, sent the outrage machine into overdrive.

Tensions then reached boiling point when Williams was given a point penalty for smashing her racquet, and a verbal altercation with Ramos resulted in her copping a game penalty after calling him a "thief" and a "liar".

While Williams was upset with the umpire, she was overjoyed that Osaka took home her first U.S. Open final.

In an interview with GQ, it was noted that one of the first things she mentioned was Overwatch, a popular video game. "Sometimes when I'm in a really important position, when I'm serving, I'm like, 'What would Serena do?'" adding that "She's the main reason why I started playing tennis and I have seen her on TV so many times and I have always been cheering for her".

"Carlos has been one of the top tennis umpires in the world since the mid-1990s and has a reputation for being firm but fair in his handling of the players", said Mike Morrissey, a former top chair umpire and former head of officiating for the International Tennis Federation.

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"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", said Martina Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a record nine Wimbledon titles, and has been a longtime advocate for equality in the sport".

Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he was coaching, although it was not clear if she saw his gestures, and insisted the practice was common.

"I think that Carlos waited and waited to let Serena let off steam and get back into the match".

Serena Williams' claims of sexism in the US Open final have been backed by the governing body of women's tennis.

"I just feel like, as Serena said in the closing ceremony, Osaka deserves to have her moment". "I've never cheated in my life", Williams said.

WTA chief Steve Simon, as well as United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams, echoed the same emotions accusing the Portuguese umpire of treating women differently. Her grandfather told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that her Japanese side of the family, who now reside in Hokkaido, gathered in front of the television to watch her play and that he received a call from her after the game. After a couple minutes of seemingly random thank you's and giggling throughout, she closed by saying, "This is probably gonna be the worst acceptance speech of all time".

She says just the fact that the two opponents were able to embrace after the game was heartwarming.

"It's hard to generalise things".

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