Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Umpires reportedly considering boycott of Serena Williams matches


Osaka earned $3.8 million after her U.S. Open win against Serena Williams.

The former world number one was hit with three code violations and was penalised a game after hitting Ramos with a rapid fire volley of verbal blows as Naomi's Osaka's maiden grand slam title was overshadowed by controversy.

Naomi Osaka, the young tennis star whose mortification across the net from her idol, Serena Williams, added to a memorable TV spectacle at the U.S. Open Saturday night, has rebounded to score a major endorsement deal.

She said: "I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore". Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater. "For me, it's just who I am", she said, per Reuters.

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men.

She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

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She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV.

Ramos was unperturbed, and Williams' rage continued: she was soon given a point penalty for smashing and making bits of her racket.

Williams claimed Ramos' actions in NY were "sexist" but speaking to BBC Sport yesterday, US Open mixed-doubles champion Murray said: "I think that's a bit far-fetched". She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.

"And I also really like Venus [Williams], I'm really grateful I had the chance to play her".

While tennis legend Billy Jean King backed Williams" accusation insisting there was a "double standard', many have condemned the 23-time Grand Slam victor for losing her temper. "Don't worry about me", Ramos said while speaking to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso, according to The Associated Press.

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

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