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. That last violation incurred a game penalty for Williams, an extraordinarily rare action for Ramos to take in a Grand Slam final. "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions", King tweeted late Saturday.
Two-time Australian Open champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka also came to Williams' defense on Twitter, writing: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".
Serena was also penalised for breaking her racket in anger.
Her previous best performance at a Grand Slam was losing in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open. I don't see things as Mr. Simon does.
"Because I'm a woman you're going to do this to me", she fumed on the court and after the match, Williams didn't walk back that charge.
She defended her outburst after the match.
By winning the US Open, Osaka went one step further than male star Kei Nishikori, who lost the 2014 US Open final against Marin Cilic.
"It was really weird for me the whole experience", said Osaka, who rose to a career-high ranking of world No 7 following her win over Williams.
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"Yesterday's US Open final resulted in the crowning of a deserving new champion, Naomi Osaka".
Those views were shared by BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, who said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".
Osaka, a self-confessed Pokemon nerd whose playful nature has made her a favourite on the women's tour, is expected to climb from 19 to seven in the rankings after becoming an unlikely hero in Japan, still reeling after a summer of deadly typhoons and earthquakes. The American has since received support from various current and former players, and on Sunday night, moments after Novak Djokovic won the men's title, the WTA chief executive, Steve Simon, released a statement.
Nine NRL commentator Erin Molan similarly said Ramos' controversial call was not a case of sexism.
But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently.
"There are umpires who sometimes put more pressure than others, and you have to accept this", Nadal said after that match.
Williams was incensed at the coaching violation, although coach Patrick Mouratoglou, sitting in her box, admitted that he was coaching when he moved his hands.
"It's hard to generalize things", he said.