Serena Williams fined $17K adding insult to sexist injury

Serena Williams fined $17K adding insult to sexist injury

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has backed up Serena Williams' claim of sexism in the way she was treated by umpire Carlos Ramos during her defeat in the US Open final.

Mother of all meltdowns.

And as renowned author HL Mencken once proclaimed in explaining Williams' ranting and raving: "Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings more is justice".

Aside from consistency in the rules, perhaps the strongest argument for allowing on-court coaching in grand slams is the problem of enforcement.

The 36-year-old called chair umpire Ramos a "thief" and demanded an apology after the latter handed her three code violations, which included a game penalty, during the dramatic women's singles final on Saturday.

Some called for Williams to pay her $17,000 fine in pennies. "Time and again, Osaka held firm, trumped Williams at her own power game, and did not panic", he added.

Her previous best performance at a Grand Slam was losing in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open.

But the most regrettable result of the traumatic occasion that will now forever be tarnished with notoriety, is that Osaka's masterly display will be underscored, with attention heaped on the villain of the piece instead of the hero!

On Saturday, Serena was penalized during the tennis tournament's final against Naomi Osaka after the umpire accused her of receiving coaching from the sidelines.

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Could the umpire have thought things over before deciding to dock Williams a game for that third infraction, or either of the two that came before?

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board".

During a post-match press conference, Williams contends that she had the right to react to the way Ramos was treating her.

Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it's well known throughout the sport that all coaches do.

So, Williams might feel aggrieved about the crucial first code violation, because she had a legitimate expectation that anything short of overt coaching would be ignored by the umpire - and even if it were not ignored, she might have expected to receive an informal warning first. "It happens everyday and there is little to no defense", she said.

"For us as the Grand Slam in the Asia-Pacific, to have a player from Japan, the first time ever a player from Japan to win that title in the fashion that she did, is particularly exciting", he said.

"She said, 'I did it, ' and I said, 'You did a great job'". "The WTA applauds Naomi for her tremendous accomplishment", he said in a statement on Sunday.

Williams was publicly chided by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli when he announced a new dress code at the upcoming games following the tennis pro's decision to wear a catsuit that is specially created to improve her circulation and avoid blood clots, which she's struggled with after her pregnancy.

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