Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Serena Williams fined at US Open: Is it sexism?

Serena Williams fined at US Open: Is it sexism?

Newly-crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic has refused to take sides in the much-talked-about altercation involving Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's singles final on Saturday.

Williams incurred three different violations over the course of a freakish second set: first for on-court coaching, then smashing her racket in frustration and finally for verbal abuse toward chair umpire Carlos Ramos. Portuguese umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation for allegedly receiving coaching instructions.

When Naomi Osaka pulled off a stunning triumph against childhood idol and legendary tennis player Serena Williams at the US Open held on Sunday (Sept 9), she became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam.

While the big anticipation and the intriguing matchup of Williams and hot upstart Naomi Osaka were expected to drive ratings, few expected the big controversy and epic meltdown by Williams that engulfed the second set and may have cost her the match.


And while finally after she had cooled down offering conditional praise to the contrastingly faultlessly-behaved Osaka, Williams never went as far as conceding that an infinitely better player on the day had beaten her.

"For me, it blows my mind", Williams said. We're gonna get through this, and let's be positive. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that.

Since then daily rates have improved, from $350 to $633, but Ings said, in his experience, rates didn't increase for the latter stages of the tournament, including the final.

When it came time for Osaka to speak, she also acknowledged the hard moment.


Osaka, a self-confessed Pokemon nerd whose playful nature has made her a favourite on the women's tour, is expected to climb from 19 to seven in the rankings after becoming an unlikely hero in Japan, still reeling after a summer of deadly typhoons and earthquakes. 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.

WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon has also said the sport should examine the rules on coaching, noting that his organisation allows on-court coaching during regular tour events if a player requests it. "Thank you", tweeted the 20-year-old Osaka, who is projected to rise to seventh in the world rankings on Monday.

Simon backed the claims and added: "There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing".

Just before the U.S. Open, the French Tennis Federation president said the black cat suit worn this year by Williams at the French Open would not be allowed at that tournament in the future.


The tension between Serena and the umpire continued to simmer, and it was the third violation, where Ramos accused Serena of verbal abuse, that really saw things get nasty.

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