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What Serena Williams told Naomi Osaka at peak of US Open madness

What Serena Williams told Naomi Osaka at peak of US Open madness

It comes after a source told The Times some umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams in the wake of her attack on Ramos. "We do not believe that this was done". Critics say his exaggerated depiction of Williams's physical features is reminiscent of historically racist cartoons and that he white washed the appearance of Japan's Osaka by drawing her with a blonde ponytail.

At Flushing Meadows on Saturday, the 20-year-old was reduced to tears during the presentation ceremony but on her arrival back in Japan on Thursday, she said she had not been saddened by the incident.

Despite collecting just $62,000 between June 2017 and June 2018 due to a break to have her daughter Olympia, Williams earned $18.1 million to be the world's top-earning female athlete thanks to a lucrative endorsement portfolio.

"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.

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to insist she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win".

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing. "You're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that, but in my mind I was sort of...like, I really wanted to know what was going on".

"She said she was proud of me, and that I should know the crowd isn't booing at me", Osaka shared.

Osaka and Williams were together after the match as Osaka was awarded the trophy for winning. It was at this point that Ramos called a code violation for verbal abuse.

Williams on the other hand said she will continue to fight against sexism and the double-standards that favors male, mostly white players. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them. "The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a former top-level umpire who is now retired, told ESPN.

"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. "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."


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