John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Carlos Ramos told Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) have backed those claims following Williams' straight sets defeat to Osaka. "We do not believe that this was done".

Serena Williams of the United States (2nd R), while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka (2nd L), of Japan at the 2018 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 8, 2018. She was one of the main reasons that tennis made a decision 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. She then had a heated argument with Ramos, which cost her a game.

Umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of future Serena Williams tennis matches, according to an anonymous source in The Times. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women". When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems. After sparring with the chair umpire, Williams was given a one-game penalty late in the climactic second set, sealing the win for Osaka. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished. In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire. Fines, which could go up to $20,000 for each code violation, can be appealed.

Williams, who was under the impression the first violation had been rescinded, returned to Ramos to seek an apology for saying she had received coaching earlier.

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Despite collecting just $62,000 between June 2017 and June 2018 due to a break to have her daughter Olympia, Williams earned $18.1 million to be the world's top-earning female athlete thanks to a lucrative endorsement portfolio. Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match.

Following the match Williams cited sexism as the reason for her punishment, claiming that she had been treated more harshly than a man would have been.

Ramos called three rules violations against Williams during the event. "I don't cheat to win - I'd rather lose", she said. 'She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question.' The Australian 24-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court said: 'We always had to go by the rules.

Yet Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise.

"We're here to play; Carlos is here to umpire; and we don't expect anything out of the ordinary", Courier said. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

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