Serena Williams: 'I'm Here Fighting for Women's Rights'

Calvin Saunders
September 10, 2018

Ramos interpreted the remark as verbal abuse, and awarded a game to Osaka, putting the eventual victor one game away from victory.

"You owe me an apology!"

"You're attacking my character", she said.

"Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn't take a woman speaking sharply to him", wrote Jenkins.

Smashing her racket in the second set, frustration was all over Williams' face after she lost the first set to Naomi Osaka of Japan.

What Williams said then: "I don't need to see the replay".

"She really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?"

"If I had to go through this just an example for next person who wants to express herself, maybe it did not work out for me but may work out for next person", she said. Let's not boo any more. However, in essence, the warning for her coach, not Williams the tennis player.

The fallout: Williams was fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open (she won $1.4 million at the tournament). When are you going to give me my apology?

Then she asked to speak to tournament referee Brian Earley, who walked onto the court along with a Grand Slam supervisor.

After the match, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted that he was trying to coach Williams during the final.

Osaka had six aces compared to Williams' three aces in the final.

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They came to life again as Williams gained her first break chance, which Osaka saved with a 117 miles per hour service victor. The six-time US Open victor has been docked $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos by the tournament referee's office on Sunday.

It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied.

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to insist she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win".

Williams approached Ramos after the call.

The tranquillity didn't last long.

Osaka rejected a question regarding Williams before holding up her trophy. "Sascha (Bajin, Osaka's coach) was coaching every point, too".

"He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", Williams told reporters later.

On-court outbursts are another fairly frequent violation in tennis and it's unfortunate that this one was compounded by the first, which was out of Williams' hands to begin with. Williams, 36, suffered the wrath of the chair umpire Carlos Ramos for "illegal coaching" from the player box while in the middle of the first set.

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the final changeover.

Meanwhile there has been further debate over Williams' charge that she had been a victim of sexism from the chair.

Richard Ings, a former rules and competition chief for the ATP, defended Ramos and called on the sport's governing bodies to support him. He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief".

"It's hard to say because I always fight till the end and I always try to come back, no matter what".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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