Williams lost her cool with the official in the final after being penalised for receiving coaching and smashing her racquet, calling Carlos Ramos a "thief", an outburst that cost her a game penalty. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". Osaka, who became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam victor, said she was crying when she heard the boos, because she thought they were aimed at her.
Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty. According to the Telegraph, such violations have risen since 2009 among women after the Women's Tennis Association began allowing a coach to visit his or her player at one changeover per set.
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The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed by former champion Billie-Jean King, who said there was a "double standard". "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right".
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Former star Martina Navratilova says there is no excuse for Serena Williams' behaviour, even if she did have a wee point.
Japanese tennis legend Kimiko Date told AFP it made her "heart ache" to see Osaka reduced to tears and unable to savour her moment of glory. "If it's like this, let me know", Strycova said.
She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.
In a statement released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Ramos was called "one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".
Osaka edged Coupe Rogers champion Simona Halep, US Open finalist Williams, and Western & Southern Open champion Kiki Bertens to top this month's ballot. I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.
It remains to be seen whether Serena will face any further ramifications for her behaviour, after being fined $17,000 in the wake of the incident.
It is true that Serena's coach was trying to signal her but Serena was in fact looking at the other side of the court and did not notice.