John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'

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She was disqualified from a semifinal match at the 2009 US Open for threatening a lineswoman.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism.

There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka said.

Williams called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" on court, for which she was punished, and accused him of sexism in a post-match press conference.

The American was given three code violations for: on-court coaching, smashing her racket and verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, all of which resulted in her receiving a $17,000 (£13,000) fine. "You owe me an apology!" she shouted repeatedly.

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The jeers mostly were a response to the controversy that overshadowed the match: The chair umpire assessed Williams a full game penalty after she berated him for accusing her of cheating by taking illegal coaching.

Despite collecting just $62,000 between June 2017 and June 2018 due to a break to have her daughter Olympia, Williams earned $18.1 million to be the world's top-earning female athlete thanks to a lucrative endorsement portfolio. "We all go through our emotions, especially when you're fighting for a Grand Slam trophy". "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she told reporters on Saturday. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality".

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.

One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologizes for vilifying Ramos.

Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to certain rules.

A video emerged on Twitter yesterday of a young Osaka setting up a "chopstick competition" with her older sister Mari, where the aim was to see who could place 10 beans into a bowl and then take it out the quickest - with chopsticks! "And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'".

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