Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Defiant Serena Williams vows to continue to fight against sexism

Defiant Serena Williams vows to continue to fight against sexism

The 20-year-old became Japan's first grand slam singles champion after a meltdown from Serena Williams saw her penalised a game in a 6-2 6-4 US Open victory for Osaka.

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism". There's also the weird "abuse" citation, which Ramos doled out because Williams called him a "thief" - certainly far from the worst thing an athlete has called an official during an event. "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose".

"You owe me an apology", Williams said, adding: "I have never cheated in my life".

It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July, as she seeks an initial major title since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017.

Williams, meanwhile, though she still clearly feels wronged, isn't deluded about the outcome.

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Losing her 2004 quarter final to Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams was upset by several line calls and the tournament later removed umpire Mariana Alves from officiating.

On Saturday, Williams repeatedly told Ramos she wanted an apology.

Under Article III, Section P, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive". He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal coordination - to be able to take our shirt off on the court without getting a fine.

"One thing I love about tennis is being out there".

This was not the first time in this year's tournament that officials had been called sexist.

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Williams's assertion that female players are policed more than male players is hard to prove.

As fans know, the match was pretty controversial due to the fact that Williams received no less than three code violations, something she was not happy about and thought wasn't fair.

Most of the sport's infamous brats have been men, and they have often been punished for bad behaviour.

Ings once issued a warning, point penalty and a game penalty against McEnroe at the 1987 US Open for obscenities directed at the umpire. He was disqualified from a fourth-round match at the 1990 Australian Open after a series of outbursts.

For the first time in the United States Open, the trophy ceremony was drowned out by whistles and boos in support of the loser and against the champion.

A spokeswoman for Williams did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the remarks from Court and Ings, while the USTA said it does not make chair umpires available to the media. "This is outrageous", said Williams, before leaving her press conference to applause.

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker said: "The umpire was following the rules by the book but Serena has a point".

"Tennis was the loser and we lost what was potentially a fantastic match".

After the call, Twitter lit up with reactions.

Osaka, who describes Williams as her idol, pulled her visor down over her eyes to hide her tears when there was booing from the 24,000 crowd in the Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the Japanese player being given the trophy. "It's been tough for me here, but thank you so much".

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