Steph Curry on Serena Williams: ‘You’re going to have reactions

Steph Curry on Serena Williams: ‘You’re going to have reactions

As Osaka was crowned the victor of this year's tournament, in a dominant 6-2, 6-4 performance, Williams offered a few words to the young champion, as boos continued to pour down from the stands above. "I am good, under the circumstances", he told the paper.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka said.

The experienced Portuguese official found himself at the centre of a storm after his officiating of the match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, which saw Williams accuse him of sexism after she was docked a game for receiving three code violations.

While the head of the U.S. Tennis Association said that both Serena Williams and the chair umpire working the women's U.S. Open championship singles match bore some responsibility for a situation that spiraled out of control Saturday, she believes there is a double standard at play when it comes to how male and female tennis players are treated. The Times reports a $8.5 million deal is being lined up for the 20-year-old, enjoying newfound global recognition after her maiden Grand Slam win. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3.

Naomi Osaka's trophy presentation at the 2018 U.S. Open was odd, to say the least.

Williams became irate and smashed her racket, leading to an actual code violation. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.

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"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said. The Serbian added, "I don't think it's [the] time and place really to get into other subjects".

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book. "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte' doesn't exist". "Don't you worry about me!"

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".

Ramos said he has received hundreds of messages of support.

Despite the controversy, Ramos has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia this weekend.

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