Although she did not win the United States Open Final, she’s still the most talked about tennis player today.
Serena Williams called umpire Ramos a liar during several heated exchanges. Serena Williams, the best female athlete of our era and arguably the best of any era. But a little lay off to become a mother and the whole world had changed for her. She was a victim of Osaka’s 16 winners. Four games had been played since the initial warning, but Williams wouldn’t let it go. She stole Naomi Osaka’s glory as she so frequently does from opponents who start beating her. It couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The final match of the US Open, which took place on September 8, was filled with code violations, a broken racket, and controversial calls by umpire Carlos Ramos, before ending in a decisive 6-2 and 6-4 victory by Osaka. Nevertheless, Serena lost it, heatedly denying she’d ever cheated, which neither Ramos nor anybody else said she did.
Williams is yet to comment about the issue since the day of the final but in a preview clip of an interview with “The Project” that is set to be released this Sunday, she reiterated she received no coaching from Mouratoglou. Have your insurance, registration and license where they can readily see it.
The drama didn’t stop there, however. The ump gave her a full penalty violation in the form of a point to Osaka.
Williams was fined $17,000 for the three code violations, the Associated Press reported.
That said, one can only hope that the single standard of behavior that should be applied to all players would’ve still ensnared Williams, who was inconsolably fitful and verbally abusive of the umpire. I don’t even call for on-court coaching. The worst was in 2009, when she loomed over a diminutive line judge shouting, “I swear to God, I’m f–ing going to take this f–ing ball and shove it down your f–ing throat”.
“Umpires are always in a hard situation because they aren’t meant to talk or show any bias so there’s an issue if they go on strike against Serena, as is being raised now. I want to clarify myself what he’s talking about”. Yes, Williams has endured a lot on and off the courts of tennis. Finally, a verbal discussion with Ramos ended with Williams calling the umpire a “thief” and being given a game penalty.
She cried while hoisting the trophy to a NY crowd of booing and jeers directed at Ramos. Williams is an idealistic fighter who has had a snootful of living by rules that are either unevenly applied or dismiss her entirely as too female, too black, too heavy, or too emotional. Osaka handily outplayed, outclassed and outhit her idol. And, her father is Haitian and her mother is Japanese, they added.
Osaka, a USA citizen, began representing Japan at age 10. Osaka declined, even though the Japan Tennis Association couldn’t provide any loans, coaching, equipment or conditioning.
Cheating accusations plagued Williams and her sister, Venus, for years.
During a post-game interview, Serena was calm after her loss and said, “I’m here to fight for women’s rights and women’s equality, and the fact that I have to go through this is an example”. However, they may say their motive for this union is based on the recent events surrounding the USA tournament with Williams but I think there is another reason for this union, their pay.