Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match, whereas WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women". If Williams wanted to address the issue of her integrity and/or sexism in tennis, an outburst in the middle of a public match probably wasn't the best choice of venue.

Williams was fined $17,000 after losing a point and a game for various code violations.

"I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore", said Osaka after putting herself firmly in contention to reach the season-ending WTA Finals. She protested, calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalised her a game. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".

The shy Osaka tweeted about the video on Thursday: "I always knew this would come back to haunt me". He called it "an unhappy situation" and said he followed the rules of tennis. She called that a “sexist” ruling while denying that she was being coached and telling repeatedly she doesnt cheat.

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 smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty.

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Williams was given three code violations by Portuguese official Carlos Ramos in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday, with the American and critics arguing she wasn't treated the same as some male players.

"Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that?" He's never took a game from a man because they said thief.

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ...

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with".

"I think that's a bit far-fetched", the Briton, who is the older brother of former world number one Andy Murray, told BBC Sport.

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