US Open 2018: WTA backs Serena Williams, questions 'different standards'


Most bizarrely, Adams claimed that Williams had not expected her exchanges with Ramos to be filmed despite taking place in the middle of a grand slam final. I really felt for her on Saturday.

"You will never, ever be on another court of mine". You can not be saying that.

But others sided against Williams, including an Australian sports magazine editor, Tony Sarno, who tweeted: "Naomi, on behalf of the rest of the world, please accept my apologies for Serena's appalling behaviour during the match and the American crowd's graceless booing at the presentation". "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".

When asked if she was aware of her popularity back home, Osaka said: "I'm not really sure".

'(He could have said), "Hey, we're getting out of hand here, let's tone it down".

Djokovic had sympathy for Williams in terms of the sanctions she was given but does not agree that women are treated differently from men.

'There's no equality. I think there has to be some consistency across the board.

"To bring up the shirt code violation that was later changed is completely irrelevant".

"She's not fighting for women's rights, and that is a joke and that's an insult to those who do fight for women's rights and go through bad bloodshed and heartbreak".

Ramos called this "verbal abuse" and issued her a third penalty, allowing Osaka to win, 6-2, 6-4.

"Regardless of how you feel about the Serena Williams incident - I can not accept that it was a gender issue - that the umpire's decision to penalise her was "sexist", Molan tweeted. Are we not going to have coaching?

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion then lost a point for smashing her racket. and she eventually lost her cool and called Ramos a thief. and even suggested sexism.

The Serb, who equaled Pete Sampras' Grand Slam record of 14 titles after beating Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday, also insisted Ramos' actions had a decisive effect on the match.

"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.

Ex-cricketer and current national team selector Mark Waugh gave his two cents on the incident as well.

With all that, ESPN's telecast of the US Open Women's Championship, in which Osaka topped her childhood idol Williams 6-2, 6-4, posted a 2.5 rating for the match itself and a 2.4 for the full three-hour telecast.