Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Serena Williams melts down, cartoonist branded racist

Serena Williams melts down, cartoonist branded racist

Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

Osaka became Japan's first Grand Slam singles tennis champion by beating Serena Williams in a controversial U.S. Open final. Ramos issued another code violation, costing Williams the game.

"I felt a little bit sad, because I wasn't really sure if they were booing at me or if it wasn't the outcome that they wanted,"she said on the "Today" show this week".

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Naomi Osaka has revealed she had no idea what was going on between Serena Williams and the referee in her grand final at the US Open on Saturday.

Later this week, it was no longer only Williams and Ramos being criticized for their conduct, but also an Australian cartoonist for his depiction of the incident.

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Osaka, 20, heard boos when she was receiving her trophy and in the moment thought they were directed at her for her win against fan-favorite Williams. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final. And then before I knew it, I was getting all of this hostile mail and all of that during my last couple of years.

Osaka said during the interview that she initially didn't know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

"I've seen a lot of people get called for coaching before, and you might have a grumble and stuff, but you get on with it". "We have to treat each other fairly and the same".

But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding the backlash, speaking to Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

The chair umpire at the centre of the saga has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine". "Don't you worry about me!"

But the ITF have further shown their support by putting Ramos in charge of the Davis Cup semi-final, which will be played this weekend in Zadar.

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