Umpire Breaks His Silence Amid Serena Williams' Sexism Accusations Over Controversial Calls

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

World No. 25 Barbora Strycova has called out Serena Williams for her "bullsh-t" US Open blow-up that overshadowed 20-year-old Naomi Osaka's first grand slam victory.

For Hank Aaron, the backlash Serena Williams experienced after her loss in Saturday's U.S. Open final sounded all too familiar.

American Serena Williams and Japan's Naomi Osaka were competing in the championship.

Ramos, 47, was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", one anonymous umpire told the English paper. "I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted.

"You're told to just turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", she said.

Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match.

"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit".

Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, also took a swipe at Williams' behaviour, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Adams said both Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos could have handled things a little bit differently. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me". As for the possibility that Osaka might choose to represent the United States in the future, Kawashima said, "I think it's best for society to respect" any decision she makes.

U.S. 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".

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.

Ramos has said that he is "fine, given the circumstances" days after the match, however.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book. The third and final penalty came as Williams continued to castigate the umpire, saying, "You stole a point from me".

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