Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in final - Whisper Eye

Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in final

Serena Williams accused the umpire of sexism in docking her a game in the US Open final and said she had not been cheating

Naomi Osaka ‘s 6-2 6-4  victory  was overshadowed by Williams’ extraordinary outbursts in the second set.

She received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief”.

Afterwards the American said it was “sexist” to have been penalised a game.

“He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’,” the 36-year-old former world number one added.

“But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things.

“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff.”

The issues began when Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou made a hand gesture towards her early in the second set at New York’s Flushing Meadows.

On-court coaching is allowed in WTA events but not in Grand Slams with the rules saying “communication of any kind” between player and coach is banned.

Williams denied she received coaching saying she would “never cheat to win and would rather lose” and demanded an apology from the umpire Carlos Ramos.

Mouratoglou, however, later admitted coaching.

Three games later Osaka was awarded a point when Williams was given another code violation for smashing her racquet.

Williams was furious, walking up to Ramos, shouting and pointing at him as the crowd started booing in support of the American in a toxic atmosphere.

At the next change of ends, Williams continued to rant, calling Ramos a “liar”, telling him to “say you are sorry” and describing him as a “thief” for awarding a point to Osaka.

“For me, it blows my mind,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said. “But I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal.

“This is just an example for the next person that has emotions, that wants to express themselves and wants to be a strong woman.

“They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.”

 

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