WTA back Serena Williams' sexism claims following US Open final drama


Tamaki Osaka, mother of Naomi Osaka, cheers after her daughter's women's singles semi-final match victory against Madison Keys of the US at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, on Sept 6, 2018.

Ramos handed the first code violation after claiming Williams had received coaching during the second set from coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Serena Williams' US Open final furore at officials and her subsequent press conference spray at the treatment of female tennis professionals has been criticised as a "disservice to women's rights". King wrote that if a male player had a similar outburst, he'd be called "outspoken" and have no repercussions.

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to ever claim a Grand Slam title on Saturday as she defeat Serena Williams, denying the American a 24th major title.

This includes $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for slamming her racket and $10,000 for the supposed "verbal abuse".

And this is her first Grand Slam... She argued by saying she had seen men say worse things to chair umpires and escape punishment.

"Regardless of how you feel about the Serena Williams incident - I can not accept that it was a gender issue - that the umpire's decision to penalise her was "sexist", Molan tweeted.

'(He could have said), "Hey, we're getting out of hand here, let's tone it down".

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The 2.4 overnight rating was up 32% from past year (1.9), when the Women's final featured two American players, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and 79% higher than 2016 (1.4 for Angelique Kerber vs. Karolina Pliskova).

About a week ago, she made headlines after the US Open chose to ban her iconic catsuit, and now she has been labelled as a "cheater" after her match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka from Japan.

"We do not believe that this was done on Saturday night".

"He did change the course of the match".

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to say she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win". "Thank you", tweeted the 20-year-old Osaka, who is projected to rise to seventh in the world rankings on Monday.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board".

"It's hard to generalize things", he said.

Williams was fined $17,000 for code violations during the game.