Serena Williams & Billie-Jean King's tennis sexism claims dismissed by Jamie Murray

Serena Williams & Billie-Jean King's tennis sexism claims dismissed by Jamie Murray

Serena Williams & Billie-Jean King's tennis sexism claims dismissed by Jamie Murray

The Serena Williams controversy has stirred resentment among tennis umpires ― and they are considering a boycott of her future matches, according to reports.

Williams' accusation of sexism has been backed by The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and this has seemingly upset a core group of umpires, according to The Times.

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". ". Obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played fantastic", Curry said.

Williams was issued a code violation for receiving coaching during the second set, then was penalized a point for smashing her racket.

"When you're little you're taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that", Osaka said.

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to insist she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win".

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"The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class".

That anger would later cost her the game, and ultimately the match - although Osaka was clearly the better player on the night and would've probably taken out the match regardless.

But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

Osaka said during the interview that she initially didn't know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling. Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

American player Steve Johnson added: "Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years". When I was talking about the outcome, I was really talking about the behavior of the audience, of the fans.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

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