Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sexism, stats, and Serena's husband

Sexism, stats, and Serena's husband

Williams' harsh treatment has seen both Ramos, and tennis, accused of sexism, but Federer believes the case is more complex than that. Her serve and forehand are quickly becoming two of the most feared in tennis, touching speeds of 125 miles per hour and 100 miles per hour, respectively.

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the final changeover.

Williams received three code violations and was penalized a point and one game. As the umpire tried to speak to Williams she ordered him not to speak to her. Due to complications during labor she suffers from blood clots. This was just strike one.

Outraged fans and critics called it a blatant stereotype: It shows Ms. Williams as oversized, with exaggerated hair, lips, nose and mouth, pummeling a tennis racket in a child-like tantrum. She was fined $17,000. Players receiving pointers from their coach during a match is common in professional tennis, even though it is technically against the rules. Williams, having misunderstood his first call, charged the umpire's chair and began an argument which shifted the conversation off of the game itself and onto issues that she felt were underlying Ramos' decisions.

Tennis made headlines earlier this month as the US Open women's singles final between Williams and Naomi Osaka became notorious for the former's outburst at Ramos. "I want to clarify myself what he's talking about". Just before heading back out to the court Williams added "You stole a point from me, you're a thief too". What followed was a series of incidents between Williams and Ramos that marked the game as one of the most contentious US Open matches in the tournament's history.

What blows my mind is Williams' inability to face the facts. Alize Cornet, a French tennis player, also received a code violation for briefly taking her shirt off to fix it. Men have taken their shirts off while playing tennis and while participating in various other sports.

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The recent backlash that umpire Ramos has faced has started a rebellious spark among the other umpires.

For those who are upset with the umpire for making the case that coaching should not be penalized, Williams' seemed to have a different opinion. The worst was in 2009, when she loomed over a diminutive line judge shouting, "I swear to God, I'm f--ing going to take this f--ing ball and shove it down your f--ing throat".

Her fierce competitiveness, relentless work ethic and all that came with it will be talked about for generations.

Serena's claims were backed up by several tennis stars and representatives from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA). This has led to claims of the umpires coming together to form some type of union.

Asked if there was gender bias in the sport, Federer told reporters: 'I think it's interesting because I think it's important to look at it, you know. Male players were slapped with 1,517 fines compared to 535 fines for females according to data compiled by officials at Grand Slam tournaments for the period covering 1998 to 2018.

By forming a union, the umpires will be able to collectively stand together and request a pay raise. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, but if they're men, that doesn't happen to them". Williams acknowledged that she saw the hand motion from Mouratoglou, but tried to spin it into being interpreted as a "thumbs-up".

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