Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Support grows for Serena Williams's sexism accusations at U.S. Open

Support grows for Serena Williams's sexism accusations at U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka won her first career Grand Slam, beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the 2018 U.S. Open final on Saturday in New York City.

Saturday's match between Williams and Naomi Osaka was marred by controversy in the second set after umpire Carlos Ramos penalized Williams a point and then an entire game.

Osaka indeed made history for Japan but the final will be remembered as much - if not more - for Williams clashing with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know", she told him.

She then launched a series of verbal attacks on Ramos, demanding an apology for his call on the coaching violation to accusing him of being "a liar" and "a thief for stealing a point from me".

Williams objected right away, saying she would never cheat.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, whose name is on the Open facility, came to Williams' defense, too, echoing sentiment that sexism was at work.

"I've seen other men call other umpirs several things", she said.

What happened: In the opening game of the third set, Williams hit a backhand that landed in - and was ruled in by a line judge - but Alves awarded the point to Capriati. Honestly, there's a lot I can learn from her from this match.

And I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves, and they want to be a strong woman. Fans, members of the media, celebrities and casual observers weighed in, with the match and Serena shooting to the top of the site's trending topics.

A heated Williams lost a point on her serve just a few minutes later, resulting in her smashing her racquet on court. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. U.S. Open officials rushed onto the court to examine the matter. She demanded an apology from Ramos.

Williams's tantrum overshadowed an outstanding performance from Osaka, who made her second career title a Grand Slam after winning her first at Indian Wells in March.

In her post-match interview, Williams was asked how she would explain "what happened out there tonight" and how she could have "handled it differently" to her daughter-a question players like McEnroe were never asked about their children. That is on her, not the umpire.

Williams was issued several warnings-before being penalized again - this time for verbal abuse.

But during the trophy ceremony, Osaka had tears in her eyes and addressed the crowd and its loud booing saying, "I know that everyone was cheering for [Serena] and I'm sorry it had to end like this".

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals", she added, turning to Williams herself.

His controversial calls were not only a blow to Williams' legacy - who would have tied Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles - but also cast a shadow over Osaka's win, which should have been a historic moment for the young athlete.

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