Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls, at Las Vegas event

Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls, at Las Vegas event

Serena Williams argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the 2018 US Open women's singles final match on September 8, 2018 in NY.

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

That, of course, was the catalyst for the Williams controversy as she was losing to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. There are even times when an umpire needs a gentle reminder to get back in the game, or indeed get off their phone, as happened a few hockey seasons ago. As Soraya Chemaly writes in her new book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger, "When women assert themselves, whether they are openly angry or not, they often encounter social opprobrium, invalidation, backlash, and punishment". This time an umpire finally had the courage to deal appropriately with her abusive behaviour, and we applaud Carlos Ramos for his strength in doing the right thing.

"From my name, they don't expect to see a black girl". The breakdown of her penalties was $10,000 for "verbal abuse" (calling Ramos a "thief"), $4,000 for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

Now ranked seventh in the world, she is the first player ever from Japan or Haiti to win a grand slam. She has won 23 times grand slam titles and has been ranked number one by the Women's Tennis Association eight times.

In a fit of rage, Serena threw her racket to the ground, damaging it in the process. Even experienced players are not left out of this delicate situation. I'm sure she realises that now.

Serena may have been angry, and maybe she had a reason for her outburst.

Mr Chiu put the blame for the debacle on the umpire, Carlos Ramos. When she smashed her racquet in frustration he cited her again, giving her a point penalty.

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Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering boycotting matches involving Serena Williams after the athlete's controversial loss in the U.S. Open women's tennis final on Saturday.

Compatriot, Kei Nishikori came close four years ago but lost to Marin Cilic in straights.

Naomi Osaka has revealed what Serena Williams said whilst comforting the 20-year-old after her decisive and shock US Open win.

"She said she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me, so I was really happy she said that", Osaka said, per the Sydney Morning Herald.

While her payday from the US Open wasn't too shabby- $3.8 million in case you were curious, she was on Thursday, signed on as brand ambassador for Nissan motors in Yokohama, Japan at a grand welcome ceremony held in her honour.

Now on a "six-figure" salary with Adidas that will expire this year, the 20-year-old Japanese-Haitian athlete is reportedly signing a contract with the apparel label worth an estimated $8.5 million a year.

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