Tennis federation backs chair umpire's controversial rulings against Serena Williams
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Sep 11, 2018,
Sep 11, 2018, 0:48
Williams had demanded an apology from Ramos during her rant and later called the punishment "sexist", while claiming she was fighting for women's rights because male players got away with similar antics.
Williams was cited by Carlos Ramos three times Saturday during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling Ramos a thief, which cost her a game.
Her $17 000 fine for the code violations, imposed by the United States Tennis Association, will be deducted from the $1.85 million prize she received as the runner-up to Osaka.
Osaka, playing in her first major final against a 23-time Grand Slam champion she idolized as a child, capped an outstanding two weeks in which she also beat 2017 runner-up Madison Keys by simply outplaying her hero.
On Monday's "Off the Bench" podcast with Danny Kanell and Raja Bell, Bell had plenty to say on the topic.
The second and third violations earned Williams a point penalty and then a game penalty, giving Osaka a 5-3 second set lead that effectively gifted her the title. Kanell added that for Ramos to take over the match in such a way on such a big stage was "wrong".
A day after Osaka was left in tears during an awkward and toxic trophy presentation in which Williams urged booing to stop, there was more controversy in the women's doubles. I felt like she played really well.
USA tennis player Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person". "I think there has to be some consistency across the board. They've been called a lot more", she said. But one thing we're not disappointed in is how Williams handled herself both on and off the court. I know they are expected to have humility even when they are the best and even when they stand up for themselves, they are held to a higher standard. Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis.
"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed".
"The umpire can choose to exercise it or not", she said in a live video on her Instagram page.
"Why is there so much difference?" If it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again. "It is the inconsistency".