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Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy

Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy

Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn't likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one.

Williams was free to speak her mind after losing, 6-2, 6-4, Saturday to Japan's Naomi Osaka, and she accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism.

The WTA issued a statement that appeared to side with Williams' accusation of sexism, saying the same standards should be applied to men and women and "We do not believe this was done last night".

"Men are outspoken when they stand up for themselves".

Boos rang out inside Arthur Ashe Stadium following the decision, with a furious Williams calling for the match referee and alleging the situation would have been handled differently if she were a man. "More voices are needed to do the same".

An Australian cartoonist has come under withering criticism for portraying tennis superstar Serena Williams using - what Harry Potter author JK Rowling described as - "racist and sexist tropes". "She is going for her first Grand Slam title, grew up in NY, that was her moment", she added.

"I think she's got that power in the game, she's been a dominant force for so long and she's done so many brilliant, brilliant things on a tennis court".

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Williams's critics, though, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, have slammed Williams for her outburst. 'What I say on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it's could be even bigger than the tournament. "If he had said "I'm not attacking your character", everything would have been different".

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Meanwhile, Ramos also spoke out for the first time since the controversy on Tuesday.

'I'm fine, given the circumstances, ' Ramos told Tribuna Expresso.

"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist".

'Do not worry about me!'

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) backed Williams' claims after her straight sets defeat to Haitian-Japanese Naomi Osaka.

Adams told ESPN after the match that Ramos would not have dealt out such severe punishments if he had been dealing with a male player.

An anonymous official told The Times that there is a consensus that umpires were "not supported" by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

He is still set to officiate a Davis Cup match this Friday between the USA and Croatia.


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