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

Heather Diaz
September 10, 2018

"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.

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka. Nobody has ever seen anything like it: An umpire so wrecked a big occasion that both players, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams alike, wound up distraught with tears streaming down their faces during the trophy presentation and an incensed crowd screamed boos at the court. Osaka's victory marked an impressive milestone.

But he disagreed with WTA CEO Steve Simon, who said men and women should be treated equally but that wasn't the case Saturday.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said.

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

After the tournament, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to coaching after the match, but said he didn't think Serena was paying attention to him. We have to stop this hypocrisy.

"I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her".

Simon also called for coaching to be allowed during grand slam matches. "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. More voices are needed to do the same".

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The tennis world is split over whether the 47-year-old should have used greater discretion before penalising Williams because of the actions of her coach - or given her another warning before docking her a game for verbal abuse.

The American said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game.

"I can never truly appreciate the real sexism and racism that Serena Williams will have absolutely faced in her life and career", Ings tweeted, after also sharing a clip of Mouratoglou coaching during the match.

Men's champion Novak Djokovic treaded warily when asked to weigh in on the matter. "It was a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well".

"So there's been a lot going on but I just want to say, I was grateful to have the opportunity to play on that stage yesterday".

He said the interventions by umpire Carlos Ramos were "unnecessary" and said they "changed the course of the match".

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism".

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