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The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".

Serena Williams' claims that she was punished more harshly during her US Open umpire row because she is female have been described as "far-fetched" by Jamie Murray.

She first erupted at umpire Carlos Ramos after being given a code violation for coaching, after her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was spotted giving hand signals in the first set - which is against the rules.

"In my head, sometimes I could become insane and the team couldn't be confident to call me into the team", Paire had said before his match. Williams was outraged, and demanded an apology, telling Ramos that "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose".

Williams was defeated in a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's Final.

"WTA defence surpised me".

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Williams' antics during her heated exchange with Ramos have since become the biggest controversy in the sporting world for the past week, with tennis greats speaking out both to condemn and support Williams' explanations for her behavior.

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis". She used her powerful serve and groundstrokes to outhit Williams in the final on Saturday.

"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overcame the limit. If it's like this, let me know".

Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. "And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman". "For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ...

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", he told BBC Sport ahead of Britain's Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan in Glasgow.

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