The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final is pleased to be getting back to work.
William’s match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan was clouded with controversy after Ramos issued a code violation to Williams during play, saying she had received coaching during the match – a point Williams strongly denied.
However, Murray said he disagreed that umpires were more lenient towards men than women. “I have a daughter, and I stand for what’s right for her”, Williams shouted. Williams was outraged, and demanded an apology, telling Ramos that “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose”.
But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women’s Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community. “For me to say “thief”, and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark”, she said, arguing that male athletes can and have said worse without receiving penalties. The WTA defense surprised me. “Will the rules change in Serena’s matches?”.
It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: “Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis”. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.
“Did he have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?”.
“I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief”.
Former US Open champion Cilic broke twice in the first set and three times in the second before the young American, making his Davis Cup debut, pushed him harder in the third.
“I’ve always thought that Kei (Nishikori) is a super good role model on the men’s side and I wish that there was one on the women’s side. I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open”.
She described Williams’ behavior on court as “out of line”.