Serena Williams,23-time Grand Slam champion was fined of $17000 for three code violations during the final of US Open against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Serena launched a verbal attack against chair umpire Carlos Ramos after she was issued a warning for getting instructions from the stands in the second set of matches.
Serena abused the chief umpire by calling him a ‘liar’ and a ‘thief’. She was docked $10000 for verbal abuse,$4000 for being warned and $3000 for smashing and breaking her racket from her $1.85 million prize money that she won as the runner-up against Japan’s Osaka.
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She even received support from across the tennis world which included tennis legend Billie Jean King. Billie King wrote the support in his twitter as “When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”
Even American star Andy Roddick took the matter to Twitter and wrote that “Worst refereeing I’ve ever seen ……the worst !!!”. Former Women’s World No.1 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka said that “If it was men’s match, this wouldn’t happen like this. It just wouldn’t”. Meanwhile Naomi Osaka became the first ever tennis player from Japan to win Grand Slam title as she defeated Serena Williams.
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