Due to her ferocious serve and her down-to-earth humility, the 20-year-old has won the hearts of people on and off the court.
“But the way she handled it post-match with how eloquently she put her sentiments around gender equality in her sport and created the conversation we can all assess for ourselves”.
Ramos gave Williams three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and the American great argued she wasn’t being treated the same as some male players.
The shy Osaka tweeted about the video on Thursday: “I always knew this would come back to haunt me”. When Williams called him a thief and demanded an apology, he docked her a game, a shocking penalty in the final of a Grand Slam event.
“I’ve never been called for coaching, but the racket abuse, the verbal abuse, that’s just part of the sport”. (Mouratoglou admitted he’d been signaling her from the stands but claimed that everyone does it.) In some tournaments, that’s not entirely against the rules, but it is at the US Open, and Ramos properly issued a warning for it.
Serena Williams was one of many speakers at the Shop.Org conference in Las Vegas on Friday.
Women’s governing body the WTA supported Williams and chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed her a different level of tolerance over her outbursts than if she had been a man. “And I grudgingly held on to that racket”.
“It’s every athlete’s dream to play in the Olympics, so of course it would be my goal to win gold”. Others chose to point out that Williams’ actions had taken away the spotlight from the 20-year-old first time victor Osaka, who became the first Japanese to win a grand slam title.
Finally, she is right that male tennis players, from talented brat Nick Kyrgios to saintly Roger Federer, have sworn at umpires and stomped around like giant babies without being punished almost as severely.
“I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn’t”, she said.
“The Pan Pacific is so close and I have to be on a diet for my matches, so maybe afterwards for the ice cream”.
“So hopefully I can be that role model”.
Strycova said Williams’ tantrum was triggered by her desperation from Japan’s Naomi Osaka playing better and leading her during the match.
“But don’t look up to me, because I don’t want that responsibility!”