Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

WTA chief backs up Williams' claims of sexism during US Open final

WTA chief backs up Williams' claims of sexism during US Open final

On Saturday, Serena was penalized during the tennis tournament's final against Naomi Osaka after the umpire accused her of receiving coaching from the sidelines. She was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" after he handed down the coaching code violation. Serena got a coaching warning and then she first received a point penalty, then a game penalty. 'I'll be honest, I was coaching.

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

"Yesterday's US Open final resulted in the crowning of a deserving new champion, Naomi Osaka". The WTA applauds Naomi for her tremendous accomplishment.

"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", he said. "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

Osaka's celebrations were ruined as the crowd loudly booed Ramos afterwards, causing the Japanese champion to burst into tears on the podium.

"We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport", the statement added. I don't even call for on-court coaching [which is allowed on certain occasions in WTA events].

We're not for a second attempting to argue Ramos deserves equal billing but the pittance he earns for officiating one of the eight most important tennis matches held in the world each year puts the entire controversy in a different light.

"I just texted Patrick, like, 'what is he talking about?' Because we don't have signals", she said.

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Williams told reporters afterward she felt it was important to speak out as an example for younger players, saying, "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

Adams said: 'We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers, nothing happens.

"A lot of emotions". It was really, really tough.

"He did change the course of the match".

He said: 'I love Serena, first of all.

As one can imagine, Williams has been both widely praised and criticized throughout the sports world, but one voice that speaks loudest is that of 18-time Grand Slam victor Martina Navratilova.

"It's hard to generalise things".

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