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16 September 2018, 08:45 | Charlene Valdez
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Serena Williams confronts chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final that she ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka
It's been eight days since all hell broke loose at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams received three violations during the U.S. Open final following clashes with the umpire that drew both praise and criticism from fans and stars.
Williams was seeking to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and was facing 20-year-old Osaka at Flushing Meadows in her first major final.
Soon after, Williams lost her cool in a way worthy of famous tennis hothead John McEnroe.
That's a kind gesture from Williams, considering Osaka later admitted she thought the crowd was booing her because it wanted Williams to win instead.
Sadly, Osaka wasn't shedding tears of joy, which remains the most unfortunate aspect of the entire incident.
She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV. The tennis star disputed the umpire's claims that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, had made hand signals to her during the game. If it was wrong, it should prompt a discussion about what needs to be changed in either the rules or the interpretation of the rules to reduce officiating errors.
Williams became upset when accused of receiving coaching and smashed her racket before berating Ramos. Ramos should add it to his reading list.
"I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring".
Despite being vaulted into stardom on the world stage, the Japanese No.1 told reporters after her victory that she intends to remain grounded headed into the Asian swing - where her next tournament will be on home soil in Tokyo.
No matter. Enough should've been enough. The U.S. Tennis Association has hung Ramos out to dry, prompting an angry backlash from other referees who are threatening to form a union. "In a situation where we know Serena is unbelievable; she's iconic; and we know that Carlos is there because he's worthy of being there for those matches".
Afterward, during her press conference - Am I the only one stunned that she showed up? Just calm, measured responses that were carefully considered.
Despite the myriad of controversies surrounding last weekend's event, US Open champ Naomi Osaka said she is not sad that the behavior of Serena Williams has, for now, overshadowed her win. "You definitely can't go back in time". (Makes you wonder; why do you need a coach if you can't get coached on the court?). "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right". He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief". They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. (I don't have an anger issue - I just sometimes believe in vigilante justice).
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