Steph Curry on Serena Williams: ‘You’re going to have reactions

Aubrey Yates
September 12, 2018

Williams, whose bid to match Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles was at least temporarily thwarted by Osaka's 6-2, 6-4 victory, made no bones about her belief that sexism played a role in the code violations handed to her by Ramos ― which added up to a point and a game deducted and a US$17,000 (RM70,533) fine.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor, one away from tying Margaret Court's record for women or men, claimed that Ramos would not have treated a male player in such a harsh manner.

The CEO of USTA, the governing body of tennis in the US, was asked if she believes female players are held to different standards than men.

There could be more fallout on the way following Serena Williams' clash with a chair umpire in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final.

Katrina Adams, the head of United States Tennis Association (USTA) which organizes the U.S. Open also supported Williams. However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.

Voices in the tennis world have spoken out both in support and condemnation of US tennis champion Serena Williams after the angry outburst that cost her a game, and possibly the match, during her US Open final on Saturday.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal, Carlos Ramos said: "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said at a news conference.

"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today".

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"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, an ex-elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.

"They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".

"It's an unhappy situation but a la carte refereeing doesn't exist".

Ramos then told his friend: 'Do not worry about me!'

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", the ITF statement said.

"I thought it was a poor call from the umpire", she said. The 18-time Grand Slam victor said that "we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", adding, "In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court".

But the next day, Ramos received backing from another tennis organization. "I think he did".

Williams was issued a code violation for what umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, irritating the 23-time major champion who insisted she was not a cheat.

"No one was saying she was a good sport, if they are they're insane", added King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles.

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