She was one of the main reasons that tennis chose to investigate video replay technology on the courts after several bad calls went against her in the 2004 US Open quarterfinals, she has been described as "scary" to look at by the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, she has been handed penalties that wouldn't otherwise have been given to men.
The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". Williams was left baffled, furious, and in tears, by a decision she says was grounded in sexism.
Women's governing body the WTA supported Williams and chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed her a different level of tolerance over her outbursts than if she had been a man.
Ramos, who stood by his officiating on Tuesday, initially cited Williams for getting coaching signals, then docked her a point for smashing her racket and then docked her a game for haranguing him, including calling him a "thief". You are the best player at the end of this event and because of the turn of events with the crowd and the booing and everything, it wasn't the way - that was the outcome I was referring to. That made Williams even more upset, and she berated Ramos repeatedly. She angrily called Ramos a "thief", pointed out that she has never cheated, mentioned how she tries to set an example for her daughter and demanded an apology.
"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overcame the limit".
The shy Osaka tweeted about the video on Thursday: "I always knew this would come back to haunt me".
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Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to certain rules.
While tennis legend Martina Navratilova does believe Williams "completely had the right message about women's inequality", she partly agreed with Djokovic.
Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Sept. 8, 2018.
"For umpires being women or men doesn't matter".
"It's odd because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".