Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tennis federation backs chair umpire's controversial rulings against Serena Williams

Tennis federation backs chair umpire's controversial rulings against Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka won her first career Grand Slam at the US Open on Saturday, but all the talk surrounded her opponent.

J.K. Rowling was among numerous people slamming the Herald Sun's editorial cartoonist after he released a picture of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka over the weekend.

USA great Billie Jean King was among those coming down hard on Serena's side in her claim that chair umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for comments that a male player could have gotten away with.

The U.S. Open hit Williams with fines totaling $17,000 for three violations, the U.S. Tennis Association said Sunday.

Williams lost 6-2 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in a highly-charged match on Saturday in NY that saw the American repeatedly confront Ramos.

Williams then verbally abused umpire Eva Asderak and was fined $2,000 (£1,265). Harlow read from none that disputed Williams' point of view or even criticized her behavior. Williams insisted, "I'm telling you I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose, and I'm just letting you know".

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board".

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation". For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

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In the second clip Time Magazine's Sean Gregory goes as far as to defend the abusive booing crowd, saying it only "appeared" they were attacking Osaka's deserved win.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it", King tweeted.

The tennis legend also said "thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard". More voices are needed to do the same'. The two disagreed, however, on whether Williams being a woman was a factor.

Tennis pro Andy Roddick admitted he's said worse things to an umpire and gone unpunished.

Knight's cartoon conjures up a range of such caricatures that were popularised at that time on stage and screen, including the minstrel-show character Topsy born out of Uncle Tom's Cabin, as well as the title character in 1899's Little Black Sambo. History has said, no. "I mean, like, he's never took a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind".

Williams isn't the only tennis player to find herself at the center of a gender-focused controversy.

Belarusian two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka said it "bothers" her that there is "too much of a grey area" in these rules. When she returned, she realized that she was wearing it the wrong way and fixed her top.

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