Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Naomi Osaka shares what Serena said to her after U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka shares what Serena said to her after U.S. Open

Tennis umpires reportedly are considering boycotting Serena Williams' matches in the wake of the tennis star's confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the U.S. Open final.

The incident began when Williams was penalized for allegedly receiving direction from her coach on the sidelines via hand signals, which is a violation of US Open rules.

Other things the two talked about were Osaka's favorite color (black), her favorite TV show (The Office), favorite singer (Beyoncé) and celebrity crush (Michael B. Jordan, obviously).

If the monster contract goes through, it would be the biggest deal the apparel giant has ever given to a female tennis player and could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", Djokovic said in the aftermath of his US Open victory against Juan Martin del Potro.

This incident highlights a need to consider changing the rules of tennis, to make them more consistent across tournaments and players.

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.

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He also chose to stay indoors the day after to avoid any angry fans.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication. Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished.

No matter what your opinions are on the drama surrounding Osaka's win, everyone can agree that life is pretty sweet for her right now. "There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished - and not just in tennis", Navratilova said.

Strike 2, a point penalty, was a mandatory code violation for destroying her racquet after losing a service game. The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against. "If he had said "I'm not attacking your character", everything would have been different". Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned.

Did the WTA really side with Williams against Ramos? For me it blows my mind.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a retired, elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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