US Open: Serena Williams breaks silence on umpire sexism row

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2018

"We've never had signals".

The Herald Sun wrote, "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed".

Williams was issued a warning for coaching, something her coach sitting in the stands, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to doing.

Williams also was fined $17,000 for the violations.

He alleged that she had broken the rules by receiving coaching, and gave her subsequent code violations for smashing her racket and for verbally abusing him.

Against Naomi Osaka, Williams proved once again she is a poor loser against new-generation players.

"I just don't understand-if you're a female, you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do", she said in the interview.

Williams also echoed her sentiments expressed earlier that there is a double standard when it some to how women and men may express frustration on the tennis court.

The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days.

A cartoon caricature of Williams that appeared in the Herald Sun inflamed the controversy further, drawing comparisons to U.S. racial stereotypes of the past.

It was Ramos's first assignment since the US Open as Croatia rallied to beat the US 3-2 and make the Davis Cup final.

Williams spent 25 minutes talking onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show. O'Hagan said, "It isn't the first time you [Williams] have had to deal with unfair judgement against you, and yet you have this incredible ability to come back with such courage and grace".

The moment that sparked it all.

He added that Osaka's coach was also coaching her during the match.

In 2009, lip-readers deciphered Williams making this nasty and intimidating threat against a lineswoman: "I'm going to take the f*cking ball and shove it down your f*cking throat". "That's what it's all about".

The tennis star, who has her own fashion line, advised business owners to "really figure out, 'What can I do to revamp and bring it back to the top?"' "So I was really happy that she said that". And then I work super hard at my fashion business.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER