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Sexism rears its ugly head at the U.S. Open

Sexism rears its ugly head at the U.S. Open

Later, Williams received another violation for smashing her racket after missing a shot, which meant she was also issued a one-point deduction.

As Serena Williams angrily pointed her finger towards Carlos Ramos and demanded an apology from the umpire during Saturday's US Open women's singles final, there was a feeling of déjà vu inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Naomi Osaka beat Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion and delay her bid for a record-equalling 24th Major singles title.

Seemingly motivated by the violation, Williams went on a mini-run to take a 3-2 lead, but her momentum was stymied after Osaka produced a critical serve break.

Williams was penalized a point and then a game by chair umpire Carl Ramos in the final.

Osaka then also responded to booing from the audience.

"I just feel like I had a lot of emotions, so I had to kind of categorize what was which emotion", Osaka said when asked about the exceptionally awkward trophy ceremony.

When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it.

With Osaka leading 4-3, Williams told the umpire: "You are a liar".

Current player Victoria Azarenka claimed the same violations wouldn't have been handed down if it was in a men's match. "I really didn't hear anything that was going on".

"I'm here to fight for women's rights and women's equality", she said later.

This was not the way it was supposed to go for Williams, 36, perhaps the greatest player her sport has seen, on a night that was supposed to be a celebration of her career and her comeback to the top of tennis a year after giving birth. When Williams approached Ramos the second time, for instance, she did not seem to be aware of her second violation, which means she was also not aware that she was one violation away from forfeiting a game.

Williams was cited for the verbal abuse for calling him a "thief".

Osaka's sister Mari is also a tennis player and they were coached by their father after he chose to try to copy Richard Williams' remarkable success with his daughters.

The jeers were not aimed at her, with the fans instead expressing a sense of injustice at the way home favourite Williams had been treated.

The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up.

"Well, I mean, I am honest, I was coaching", Mouratoglou said in an interview with ESPN, adding, "I don't think she looked at me, that's why she didn't even think I was, but I was". Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times". It was just so sad for me to see at the presentation that she was in tears.

"Her first Grand Slam win has been marred in some way".

Under Article III, Section P, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

Mouratoglou took to Twitter afterwards, hitting out at Ramos.

Here's what the big-picture takeaway should be: Tennis needs a commissioner to oversee all aspects of the sport, someone to make sure there is consistency in the rules and the way they are applied.

"For all the tournaments, bar the Grand Slams, coaches can come onto the court at the change of ends to speak to their players". "Second, we all know that all the coaches coach at every match, all year long, from the first of January all the way to the 31st of December".


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