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Stop Saying that Serena Williams is a 'Victim'

13 September, 2018, 13:54 | Author: Lora Ball
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Tennis legend Billie Jean King has said Serena Williams was "totally out of line" with her behaviour during the US Open final, but also suggested that umpire Carlos Ramos could have handled the situation better.

Osaka's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Ings said on Tuesday, via ESPN.

The umpiring community also had Ramos' back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams' matches.

Osaka, 20, shot to global fame on Saturday when she defeated 36-year-old American Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

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But Ings, who maintains strong contacts among active officials, said any organized action is unlikely.

"I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too", she said.

"Until this moment in time, professional officials expected that when they made tough decisions on court they'd be fully backed by the governing bodies".

Naomi Osaka dropped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, opening up about everything from her historic U.S. Open win to her celebrity crush. Ramos warned her against receiving coaching early in the second set, which Williams protested.

An anonymous source told The Times of London that umpires are considering a boycott of matches involving Williams.

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Asked how she felt being a high-profile, bi-racial athlete in a largely ethnically homogenous country, Osaka said the question "really throws me off".

The International Tennis Federation, however, issued its own statement supporting Ramos, who is a contracted gold badge umpire with the organization.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was handed a $17,000 fine for her penalties in the match, but opened up an argument against what she believes is preferential treatment in men's tennis. "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Ramos is "sure of his performance" in Saturday's final but did not elaborate more, according to Tribuna Expresso.

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend.

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The WTA sided with Williams, saying, "There should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".

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