The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama

Serena Williams sparks sexism debate; tennis star fined $17G

Serena Williams sparks sexism debate; tennis star fined $17G

The Serena Williams US Open controversy rages on.

A point penalty for racket abuse led to her branding Ramos a "liar" and a "thief", and she was then docked a game, after which she called for the match referee and alleged she was being treated differently to male players.

"I think she's got that power in the game, she's been a dominant force for so long and she's done so many brilliant, brilliant things on a tennis court". The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has also weighed in, offering its backing to Williams, with chief executive Steve Simon saying different standards of tolerance exist for men and women.

While the fallout drags on, Osaka has become a somewhat forgotten player in the furore but Curry reserved some of his adulation for the rising-star.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behaviour and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

"Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials". "We do not believe that this was done last night", he had said.

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"They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".

It started when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching, and eventually ended up with accusations of sexism in the aftermath. Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for the violations.

Adams noted that Ramos was "following the code", but added that a "soft" warning for coaching could have averted the blowup over something that happens frequently on the men's and women's sides.

Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn't likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one.

"The big issue for umpires everywhere is the importance of the support of governing bodies when umpires are just out there doing their job and making decisions under rules which are given to them by those very governing bodies". "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences", an ITF statement said. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her". "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

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