Aussie cartoonist slammed over 'racist' portrayal of Serena Williams

Doug Mendoza
September 14, 2018

"Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?".

Knight's portrayal of Osaka as blond and light-skinned also drew criticism for being racist.

Former world number one Billie Jean King has softened her initial stance on the controversy over Serena Williams, who was "totally out of line" when she vehemently disputed calls by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday's U.S. Open final.

"Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behaviour", he said. Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

Other US media pointed out that Osaka was portrayed as petite and feminine with jet blonde straight hair - in real life she has dark curly hair with blonde streaks and is taller than Williams.

King's remarks to CNN were something of a walk back of her earlier comments when she said in a Washington Post editorial that Williams had faced down sexism with her protests.

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Adams noted that Ramos was "following the code", but added that a "soft" warning for coaching could have averted the blowup over something that happens frequently on the men's and women's sides. "I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open".

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", Murray told BBC Sport on Thursday ahead of the U.K.'s Davis Cup.

The Melbourne newspaper that mocked tennis player Serena Williams can't just let her win. Williams said, "You stole a point from me and you are a thief". Even though she spends a lot of her time away from Japan, Osaka is proud of her mixed-race heritage and representing her country through tennis.

"It was here that Ms. Williams really started to lose the plot". Appreciation for what the 20-year-old achieved in defeating Williams has since been gathering momentum, with Nissan now appointing her its brand ambassador.

Matters escalated and Williams called Ramos a "thief", incurring the crucial game penalty.

Williams was fined $17,000 in total: $10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation, and $3,000 for racket abuse. "If, in fact, the guys are treated with a different measuring stick for the same transgressions, this needs to be thoroughly examined and must be fixed".

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