Naomi Osaka upsets Serena Williams in controversial US Open final

10 September, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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Will this match be remembered for Osaka's victory, or will it forever be overshadowed by Williams' actions? Williams called Ramos a "thief" for stealing a point away and was hit with a third violation, this time for verbal abuse.

"I have never cheated in my life!" "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know", she told him.

That prompted the outburst that was picked up by the microphone on court.

"Because I'm a woman you're going to do this to me", she said. "You are the liar", said Williams. "I'm so proud of you @serenawilliams and inspired by your greatness, your humility and your fight against all odds". You just can't act like that I'm afraid. Say it. Say you're sorry. You're a thief too'. I just texted Patrick because we don't have signals, we've never discussed signals. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men [the same punishment] does not happen to them".

"For me, it blows my mind. That is not right". For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

Mouratoglou then suggested tennis needs to change some of its code rules.

"I understand why you might have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not", Williams argued.

To recap, Williams' final match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, took a hard turn on Saturday when she was given a violation for gestures made by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

"I've never seen anything like it. Tennis was the loser and we lost what was potentially a fantastic match", Barker said. One of those being a player is not allowed to receive coaching during a tournament match.

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Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".

Williams came to Osaka's defence after a controversial end to play in NY.

Osaka was causing the 36-year-old veteran untold problems with her powerful groundstrokes on Arthur Ashe and Williams. She played an incredible match and deserved this win and it probably would have happened anyway.

Cornet had returned from a 10-minute heat break when she became aware of the wardrobe malfunction but the umpire's decision to punish her prompted allegations of double standards after male tennis stars including Novak Djokovic removed their shirts on court to cool down.

She described the awarding of penalties for relatively minor infractions as "pure pettiness" and an "abuse of power".

Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in. Former players said it's common practice and they're rarely called out for it, adding that any questionable behaviour usually gets a "soft warning" first.

Others who watched the match felt no sympathy for Williams. It just wouldn't. - Two-time major victor and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Twitter.

Fans shared their anger and frustration, pointing to examples of double standards.

But she didn't walk back her claim that sexism played a role.

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