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Some Are Calling Serena Williams' Loss Sexist

Some Are Calling Serena Williams' Loss Sexist

"But I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit", he said.

While King said that Serena Williams was "out of line" for her subsequent behavior - which included cracking her racket and calling Ramos "a thief" - she emphasized that Ramos didn't control the match. However one senior figure told the Guardian that privately there was widespread concern about how the USTA and WTA had rushed to support Williams - which had led to vitriol and abuse on social media for Ramos.

Williams' behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity.

She called out the cartoonist for "reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes".

Though the umpires have no union to organize such a boycott, that may change.

Retired tennis player James Blake said that Williams should have at least been given a warning by Ramos.

Several umpires are privately pushing for an officials' union, the newspaper reported. One source, who has been privy to some of the discussions, said: "Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies. They are badgering the umpire". "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favor".

Ramos, who is Portuguese, broke his silence on Tuesday in a brief interview with Portuguese publication Tribuna Expresso. It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist.

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'Do not worry about me!'

Serena told the umpire "I don't cheat" before the game continued.

A few games later Williams smashed a racket after losing a game to go 4-3 behind.

King, however, said Williams was not aware she had been handed a first violation and was surprised to have a point taken from her when she received a second for later smashing her racquet.

Carlos Ramos sparked Williams' on-court outburst by giving her three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday evening. "And you just have to live with it".

"I cite Greg Baum from The Age/Fairfax and Tracey Holmes from the ABC, they're very good writers, I really trust their instincts".

"But in her protests. she also got part of it wrong".

Williams lost 6-2 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in a highly-charged match on Saturday in NY that saw the American repeatedly confront Ramos. No further action was taken and the referee left the court. That match descended into chaos - with thousands of spectators booing and both players crying during the trophy ceremony - after Williams confronted Ramos about his rulings. "We shouldn't have to carry that extra weight on our back in anything that we do", she said of women in tennis.


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