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8 things to know about the US Open victor Naomi Osaka

10 September, 2018, 14:56 | Author: Delia Walker
  • If Serena Williams were a man she'd be called the GOAT- Stephen A. Smith

The chair umpire that Serena Williams called a thief in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final has always been one of the on-court officials willing to enforce the rules without fear or favour on the game's biggest stars, male and female.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was warned for receiving coaching from the players' box during Saturday's final, triggering a row with the chair umpire in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka.

Williams refused to shake hands with Ramos after the match and accused him of sexism in her post-match press conference.

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

Osaka won the final but her victory was overshadowed by the on-court drama and booing of officials during the trophy ceremony.

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "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". She told him: "I did it".

The match was tarnished by Serena's second set outburst. But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [rights].




On the other hand, Naomi Osaka went on to become the first ever tennis player from Japan to lift a grand slam title as she defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the summit showdown at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

Date gave a withering assessment of the crowd's reaction after Osaka was clearly unable to savour her achievement. "I really don't", Djokovic said.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos managed to rob not one but two players in the women's U.S. Open final.

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

Nine NRL commentator Erin Molan similarly said Ramos' controversial call was not a case of sexism.

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. The world's former No. 1 tennis player thanked Williams for "calling out this double standard" and said that "more voices are needed to do the same". I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.

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. It's hard to generalize things, really. "Time and again, Osaka held firm, trumped Williams at her own power game, and did not panic", he added.

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