Serena Williams' US Open meltdown was 'bulls--t': rival


An Australian newspaper that printed a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has defended the illustration - hitting out at "self-appointed censors" in a provocative front page. "Criticism of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire", he said.

Ramos gave Williams three code violations in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka last weekend, and the American great argued she wasn't being treated the same as some male players.

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

In becoming her country's first ever Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.

Australia's Herald Sun newspaper is defending a cartoon depicting US tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum that many prominent voices have deemed egregiously racist. WTA CEO Steve Simon called for changes in officiating, saying that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

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She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".

Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million.

Williams' defeat came after she was issued a code violation for receiving coaching, a common practice in the sport. "So, I was really happy that she said that". She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...." Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match. She protested, calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalised her a game.

"It's hard to know, and debatable, whether Ms. Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player", Navratilova wrote.

"I understand Mark Knight is Australian, consequently his understanding of racial depictions might not be the same as they are in the United States, but I also think as a cartoonist who is writing about an global incident and worldwide figure, I don't buy that he was completely oblivious to how his work would be perceived either".