Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims 'far-fetched'

Florence Fletcher
September 14, 2018

Women's governing body the WTA supported Williams and chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed her a different level of tolerance over her outbursts than if she had been a man.

Williams' accusation of sexism has been backed by The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and this has seemingly upset a core group of umpires, according to The Times. "We do not believe that this was done".

Williams received wide support in her claims after a series of code violations issued by umpire Carlos Ramos saw her attack the man in the chair as she lost the US Open final to Japan's Naomi Osaka in NY last weekend.

But her claims were soon undermined by statistics showing that there were 86 code violations handed out to male players at the US Open, and only 22 to women.

"Still, despite the threats, Ings did not think that the judges would rise up and boycott Williams" future matches.

It was hard to miss the fireworks igniting on the court Saturday inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, but as US Open champ Naomi Osaka recalls, she wasn't exactly in tune.

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"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", she added. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions.

"It's sad for the sport when a player tries to become bigger than the rules".

Because the young player outplayed her in the first set, I think pressure got her more than anything.' Meanwhile, speaking on Sky Sports News the former world No. When she called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief", demanded an apology and grew emotional as she said she never cheats and wants to set an example for her daughter, he docked her a game at a critical juncture. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos. She was later fined $17,000 for the three code violations.

Williams ultimately lost the match to Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3. Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession.

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on.

"She said she was proud of me, and that I should know the crowd isn't booing at me", Osaka shared. We just made life hard for umpires everywhere.

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