Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Incredible truth about chair umpire in Serena Williams' controversy

Incredible truth about chair umpire in Serena Williams' controversy

Serena Williams triggered a massive wave of discourse after her outburst toward a chair umpire during the U.S. Open final led to a game penalty and complaints of sexism from the tennis legend.

The chair umpire that Serena Williams called a thief in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final has always been one of the on-court officials willing to enforce the rules without fear or favour on the game's biggest stars, male and female.

During the second set of their final showdown, however, Williams branded Ramos a "thief" after she was handed a game penalty for allegedly receiving coaching during the match.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", Simon said, in a statement.

And while finally after she had cooled down offering conditional praise to the contrastingly faultlessly-behaved Osaka, Williams never went as far as conceding that an infinitely better player on the day had beaten her.

Both Osaka and her sister Mari were first coached by their father. Tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well. In her previous win against Serena, she said, "Just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me".

Williams continued to argue that it was not fair that she be accused of cheating and mentioned that tennis officials had done that before as she held back tears. During the U.S. Open, a female player, Alize Cornet, was admonished by a chair umpire for changing her shirt during a match, though men often do. Mari, who suffered an injury early in her career, is now ranked 367 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon has also said the sport should examine the rules on coaching, noting that his organisation allows on-court coaching during regular tour events if a player requests it.

But others sided against Williams, including an Australian sports magazine editor, Tony Sarno, who tweeted: "Naomi, on behalf of the rest of the world, please accept my apologies for Serena's appalling behaviour during the match and the American crowd's graceless booing at the presentation". Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard.

Tennis Champion Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association for three code violations at the US Open, Sky News is reporting.

"So there's been a lot going on but I just want to say, I was grateful to have the opportunity to play on that stage yesterday".

But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently. It's hard to generalise things, really.

Serena Williams has to pay for the fines out of her $1.85 Million tournament winnings.

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