The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) have backed those claims following Williams' straight sets defeat to Osaka.
Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match. "He did change the course of the match". ". Obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played incredible", Curry said.
As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light.
It was business as usual until the second set when, per CBS Sports, "Williams was given a warning from Ramos after the umpire determined her coach was attempting to instruct her using hand signals, which results in code violation". "I'm all about gender equality and I think when you look at that situation these are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks". "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams told Ramos in a breathless rage.
Williams claimed the male umpire only handed her a game penalty because he was being sexist but Strycova disagrees with those remarks.
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"Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?".
During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief".
That anger would later cost her the game, and ultimately the match - although Osaka was clearly the better player on the night and would've probably taken out the match regardless. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".
Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to certain rules. "But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on".
"For umpires being women or men doesn't matter. And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'".