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Serena Williams: 'You're a liar and a thief'

Serena Williams: 'You're a liar and a thief'

As Osaka stood on the winner's podium after the match, crowd members booed.

Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead.

Serena Williams gestures towards tournament referee Brian Earley.

The tennis professional said to the umpire that she "doesn't cheat to win", and would rather lose than win dishonestly. Even though her coach has admitted to coaching, Williams has made it clear that she did not receive any coaching. However, he felt that Serena wasn't watching him at the time.

That prompted the outburst that was picked up by the microphone on court. "Yes you are. You owe me an apology", she said. She later insisted that Ramos would "never, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live... You are the liar", said Williams. "Maybe in a few days I'll realize what I've done", said Osaka, adding that the noise was so great in Arthur Ashe Stadium and her focus so single-minded that she wasn't fully aware of the escalating controversy. "What Serena has accomplished this year in playing her way back on to the tour is truly incredible", Adams said in the statement. "I'm really grateful I was able to play with you, thank you". "You're a thief, too". I haven't cheated in my life.

Fish said: "What a wild US Open for the Ref's".

Near tears, she said that her male counterparts frequently berate umpires, calling them worse than a thief, without getting penalized. "That is not right".

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive". It blows my mind. Williams was upset by the accusation, denying that she received any coaching and claiming that her coach was simply giving her a thumbs up.

But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches on 100 percent of the matches.

She resumed arguing with Ramos later, saying, "You stole a point from me".

Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and helped found the women's tennis tour and pave the way for equal prize money in the sport, also commented via Twitter on what happened Saturday.

Williams was up 2-1 on the changeover when she spoke again with Ramos appearing to smooth things over, and she finally found a way to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead. Things escalated as Ramos continued docking Williams, who then called the judge a "thief".

She described the awarding of penalties for relatively minor infractions as "pure pettiness" and an "abuse of power".

Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in. She also comes from a Haitian background with her mother from Japan and her dad from Haiti. A USTA source told The Post each violation could have been as high as $20,000 each, meaning her total tally had the potential to reach $60,000.

"Serena has some certain blame for it, because she couldn't let go".