Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on September 8 in NY.

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The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed by former champion Billie-Jean King, who said there was a "double standard".

During an appearance on Ellen, Osaka also explained how she remained composed while Williams flipped out on umpire Carlos Ramos, and how she feels as the reigning champ. "Professional tennis players, sometimes, I think we lose sight of that". Like her sister, Venus denied she had cheated. Will rules change in Serena's matches?

Williams called Ramos a "thief' and a "liar" for charging her with a point penalty, and also slammed her racket to the court, breaking it during the match".

"I didn't get coaching", Williams said multiple times.

Serena said while it may not help her, she will help fight for equal treatment for women in the game so it will help players in the future.

It was Ramos's first assignment since the US Open as Croatia rallied to beat the US 3-2 and make the David Cup final.

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