Serena Williams receives WTA backing over sexism claim

Serena Williams receives WTA backing over sexism claim

Serena Williams receives WTA backing over sexism claim

Ramos then issued Williams a full game penalty after she called him a "thief", saying the comment amounted to verbal abuse. Throughout the entire ordeal that stole her well-earned spotlight, Osaka was either sitting with a towel over her head or standing next to the line umpires, her shoulders slumped, her back to the court.

Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos infuriated Serena when he handed her a warning for receiving coaching from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou from the stands.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed Williams a different level of tolerance of Saturday's outbursts than if she had been a man.

In response, the tennis pro smashed her racket, which spurred the umpire to punish her with a game penalty.

"I have never cheated in my life!"

Author J.K. Rowling joined other social media users in condemning an Australian political cartoonist for his racist caricature of Serena Williams.

"I'm really grateful they were so kind to me".

Osaka was born in Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan, to her Japanese mother Tamaki Osaka and Haitian-American father Leonard Francois.

"(He could have said), "Hey, we're getting out of hand here, let's tone it down". He later admitted to coaching, which is an offence in the sport, though one rarely called. I'm trying to figure out why he would say that.

It was unfortunate that her win was ruined by her idol and opponent of the match, Serena's rift with the chair umpire.

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"But I don't see things as Mr Simon does".

It's led to claims of sexism, but Andrew, one of the country's leading tennis commentators, said Ms Williams was in the wrong. He's never taken a game from a man, because he said thief.

"I couldn't eat anything, I felt like I was going to throw up". He seemed surprised at his granddaughter's stellar performance on the world stage, and remarked, "She'll be happy about that".

This past year, the tennis world has been roiled with controversies about alleged sexism.

"She is not the type of person who asserts herself boldly, but she is shy and humble and that makes her look more like a Japanese", Junko Okamoto, a communications specialist, wrote in the weekly magazine Toyokeizai.

While arguing that men and women do face the same consequences, Djokovic said after his own win in the tournament: "I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final". As a result, she was fined $17,000.

Williams said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game in the second set.

But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently.

Speaking at a major sponsorship announcement for the Australian Open, Tiley refused to be critical of Williams, instead referring to the first judgment that started the spiral. He told The New York Times Magazine in a piece published last month that he just had to follow the blueprint that Mr Williams had set down.

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