Serena Williams' US Open meltdown was 'bulls--t': rival

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2018

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism.

Despite being in tears on Saturday while receiving the trophy inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY - after Williams' outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" - Osaka said she holds no ill-feelings about what happened. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.

Controversy and turmoil has been roiling ever since Ramos gave Serena Williams a violation for receiving coaching during last Saturday's final defeat to Naomi Osaka. In a furious response, Williams then called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point away from her - a seemingly innocuous throwaway line - which the umpire reacted by penalising her with a rare game penalty.

"Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard. Don't worry about me", Ramos said while speaking to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso, according to The Associated Press. If it was wrong, it should prompt a discussion about what needs to be changed in either the rules or the interpretation of the rules to reduce officiating errors. "If it's like this, let me know". She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum.

Williams accused Portuguese chair umpire Ramos of being a "sexist" as well as a "liar" and a "thief" for handing her three code violations, which resulted in a game penalty.

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Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million.

"Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that?" They think differently. And men don't really understand women.

Although the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had come to Ramos' defense, saying that his decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with". Williams claimed Ramos' actions in NY were "sexist" but speaking to BBC Sport yesterday, US Open mixed-doubles champion Murray said: "I think that's a bit far-fetched".

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