Game, set, match: Serena Williams labels ref a 'thief' at US Open


Serena Williams of the US reacts to chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan during the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, US, September 8, 2018. She was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" after he handed down the coaching code violation.

Williams was fined $17,000 for code violations during the game.

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

Before Saturday's US Open women's final match, it looked like the tournament's biggest meltdown would belong to Ozzie Nick Kyrgios. The WTA applauds Naomi for her tremendous achievement.

"Yesterday also brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simons said in a statement.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said. We do not believe that this was done on Saturday night'. When Osaka was announced the victor, the audience booed her, but Williams came to her defense.

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed".

"You're attacking my character", she said.

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Aliaksandra Sasnovich (+3, No.33 to No.30): The Belarusian has broken into the Top 30 for the first time after a run in the US Open that saw her reach the third round.

He added: "Everyone was in a very awkward situation yesterday".

He said: 'I love Serena, first of all. I don't see it's necessary really to debate that. Serena was crying. Naomi was crying.

"[He] Just maybe changed - not maybe, but he did change the course of the match".

Williams continued to argue that it was not fair that she be accused of cheating and mentioned that tennis officials had done that before as she held back tears.

"I don't agree with (WTA CEO) Mr Steve Simon". We're going to get through this and let's be positive.

"It's hard to generalize things", he said.