Serena Williams accuses US Open umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism

Ruben Ruiz
September 9, 2018

It marked the third time in Williams's US Open career that her anger led to an eventual defeat.

Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley as chair umpire Carlos Ramos looks on during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

Williams angrily responded to a code violation for coaching by telling the chair umpire that she'd "rather lose" than cheat.

When she missed the shot, Williams vehemently slammed her racket to the ground in frustration, which elicited a second violation from Ramos.

The 36-year-old Williams took umbrage with the statement, insisting that her coach simply gave her a thumbs up as a sign of support and encouragement. "I just wanna tell you guys she played well, and this is her first Grand Slam", as she, too, appeared to become emotional amid the ensuing cheers from the audience.

Serena Williams discusses a coaching violation warning given by umpire Carlos Ramos.

Continuing her argument with Ramos at the next change of ends, Williams accused him of being a thief for taking a point away from her. In the semi-finals she was up against Kim Clijsters, a former rival who'd taken off almost three years to have her first child and had returned to the sport just weeks before.

The ice-cool Naomi Osaka triumphed 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows to become Japan's first grand slam singles champion, yet that vast achievement was overshadowed by sensational scenes of anger on the other side of the net.

Williams was livid. "You owe me an apology", she shouted. "Just the fact that it's happening, I'm very happy about it", Osaka said after her semi-final win over 2017 runner-up Madison Keys.

"I didn't receive coaching", she screamed at Ramos. Osaka won 6-3, 6-2, but both players know there's not much to take from the match given the timing.

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Osaka and Williams have played against each other once before, at Miami in March, and it was the Japanese upstart who used her formidable power to topple her idol in straight sets.

When it was Osaka's turn she seemed at a loss, apologising to the crowd.

"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person".

Tournament officials have yet to comment.

Rosolska and Mektic also played together for the first time in what was the first all-unseeded doubles final at the U.S. Open since 2009.

Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title Saturday, beating Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final that saw the American docked a game after calling the umpire a "thief".

What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself.

Both Williams and Osaka likely wish the officiating had gone a bit differently on Saturday, but thankfully, there's little doubt that these two will meet again on the court in a critical match in the near future.

This was two of the candidates to take over the mantle from Williams when she does finally hang up her racket slugging it out on the biggest stage in the sport.

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