Who Said What on Serena Controversy

10 September, 2018, 18:45 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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US Open champion Naomi Osaka tweeted Sunday she was "grateful" for the chance to take on childhood hero Serena Williams for her first Grand Slam title.

But she became overwhelmed by emotion during the trophy presentation as boos - seemingly aimed at the umpire's decision to penalise Williams - rang down from the stands, prompting Williams to ask for the crowd to "give credit" to Osaka. "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions".

At last year's French Open, Djokovic was docked a first serve and later given a warning for unsportsmanlike behavior for telling the same umpire "you're losing your mind", after a call Ramos made that infuriated the Serb. "More voices are needed to do the same".

Those views were shared by BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, who said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

Roland Kirishima, a photographer who is half Japanese and Scottish, criticized some internet comments questioning if Osaka is really Japanese, because of her darker skin colour.

"The sport has to really get itself sorted out on what it does with coaching".

It's not clear if she even saw the hand gestures by coach Patrick Mouratoglou sitting her box, although he admitted in an interview with ESPN that he was trying to advise her - and said all coaches do it.

Then officials of the WTA and the United States Tennis Association pandered further to Williams' whims by largely ignoring her outburst and actually praising her at an untimely moment for her admirable contributions to tennis over a lengthy period - which no one has doubted - instead of dishing out an additional hefty fine for her outburst.

US Open Womens Single champion Naomi Osaka of Japan (L) with Serena Williams of the US during their Women's Singles Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY on September 8, 2018.

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That resulted in a second violation, meaning Osaka was awarded the first point of the sixth game.

Williams ended up taking a 3-2 lead in the set when Ramos again warned Williams about a potential coaching violation.

The scores were 4-3 when Serena - who continued her verbal altercation with the umpire during which she called him a "thief"- was given a game penalty.

"Osaka is taking on the power tennis of the women's game with power of her own - an Asian player, a Japanese player", said Date, who retired previous year at the age of 46.

The WTA is calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport after critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she was not treated the same as some male players.

Williams received fines totaling $17,000 for the three code violations. I had a awful year, I was terribly badly behaved.

Yes, that's right - Osaka has never lost to her "idol".

Like every young girl who dreams to make it big in tennis, her sports hero is Serena Williams. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour".

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