Serena Williams faces Osaka at Open, eyes record-tying title - Omni Sports

Carla Harmon
September 9, 2018

Serena Williams remained unhappy with umpire Carlos Ramos in her post-match interview, labelling his decision to hand her a third code violation as "sexist".

The 36-year-old's controversy overshadowed what was an historic Grand Slam victory for Japanese star Naomi Osaka, and many were outraged at Williams' professional conduct. "I'm trying to figure out why he would say that", she said.

'But I've seen other men call other umpires several things.

"Obviously, the grand slams have a right to do what they want to do, but I feel like if and when or if they know that some things are for health reasons then there's no way that they wouldn't be OK with it, so I think it'll be just fine", Williams added. She said it "blows her mind", and that she won't stop sticking up for what she believes in, even if it leads to some repercussions along the way.

"Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

At the same time, precocious Japanese talent Osaka, who grew up idolising Williams, was left wondering if she would ever make it through to the second week of a major after another early exit at Flushing Meadows.


"I mean, I was breast-feeding at the time, so it was a totally different situation", Williams said. Let's not boo anymore.

"I'm honest, I was coaching".

It was the second game of the second set Saturday, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Williams bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title already was in real trouble because she was being outplayed by first-time major finalist Naomi Osaka.

It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July.

Neither Williams nor her vocal fans initially realised she had been given either the point or game penalty, and the boos and jeers on the second occasion were deafening.

"Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she yelled. And suddenly, it was 5-3 Osaka in the second set. How dare you insinuate that I was cheating...


Osaka was also in tears, and said: "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this". It doesn't change anything for me. "That's how I'm answering your question". I said, 'I want to be like her.' [I might still have it] in a folder at home or something. "She deserved credit, she deserved to win". "I'd rather lose", she told Ramos.

Williams reacted angrily, telling Ramos she doesn't cheat. It's on the commercials, it's everywhere. "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right".

"I'm not at liberty to talk about it".

Williams said women players are treated differently to their male counterparts in the sport.

It was a battle between the big hitters on Arthur Ashe Stadium and neither was really threatened on serve until Osaka nearly cracked first in the fourth game.


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