Naomi Osaka’s triumph at the US Open will be remembered as a historic accomplishment, but the focus remains on the shocking events that took place during her clash with Serena Williams.
On Sunday night, an extraordinary argument between Williams and the umpire, Carlos Ramos, resulted in her being slammed with a game penalty during the second set. The confrontation started when Williams was issued with a warning for coaching. Prompting her to approach the chair and state that she was doing no such action. Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later admitted that he was coaching in the stands, but not directly at his player. Following on from that, the former world No.1 got a second warning and a point penalty after smashing her racket. Then uproar erupted in New York when Williams called Ramos a ‘liar’ and subsequently got docked an entire game. An action Williams believes was triggered by sexism.
“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things,” she said. “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief,’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’.” Williams said during her press conference.
“For me, it blows my mind, But I’m going to continue to fight for women.”