All the times Serena Williams has slayed the red carpet

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2018

A cartoon in an Australian newspaper is being called racist for its depiction of Serena Williams' behavior at the U.S. Open finals match against Naomi Osaka Saturday.

Williams was cited by Ramos for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which automatically cost her a point because it was her second code violation of the match; and for calling Ramos a "thief", which cost her a game because it was her third code violation.

After the U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams issued a statement Saturday evening praising Williams as a "true champion" and an "inspiration", Adams said Tuesday that a double standard exists in how male and female players are treated by chair umpires.

"Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity", the ITF statement added.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling took to Twitter and criticised The Sun Herald cartoonist for depicting Serena Williams losing her cool during the tournament.

King said she hoped the incident would bring about needed changes to the sport, including allowing for direct communication between the umpire and the fans over a loudspeaker and ending the ban on coaching during Grand Slam matches.

"I've seen other men call umpires several other things". "In my mind I really wanted to know what was going on. The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person".

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong also suggested Williams was in the wrong, tweeting: "Sexism is a problem in the wider picture of tennis but I don't believe the decisions Carlos Ramos made that night had anything to do with it".

During the second set against Osaka, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was (admittedly) coaching her from the stands, which resulted in the first violation for the 36-year-old. And now the WTA (and the USTA), which owes so much to Serena, nearly has to back her here. He invoked an archaic rule about on-court coaching that has been going on for decades.

"If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way", she proclaimed. Say you are sorry, ' she screamed.

Many people, black women among them, echoed Williams' contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.

Williams received her second penalty for smashing her racket in anger after she committed an error during play.

Japan's Naomi Osaka made history by becoming the first woman from Japan to win the U.S. Open. "I felt she was fed up, she was exhausted of this", Willingham said.

Osaka, who was noticeably teary during the ceremony and at one point pulled her visor down over her eyes, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday and cleared up exactly what her idol said to her. "And I've also been given a "soft warning" where they will tell you to knock it off".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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