There was a very controversial ending to the U.S. Open’s woman’s final on Saturday (September 8).
Serena Williams was essentially penalized out of winning the Grand Slam tournament after she complained to the match’s umpire about a controversial call he made.
Her coach was accused of coaching, which is illegal, but very common and rarely ever called, especially in men’s matches. Carlos Ramos, the ump, seemed to be insinuating that Williams was cheating.
"You owe me an apology!"— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2018
Serena was fired up with the official in the final set of the US Open final. pic.twitter.com/r6RSbrirnV
“This has been the ask of women, especially of nonwhite women, since the beginning of time: Take the diminution and don’t get mad; if you get mad, you’ll get punished, and then be expected to fix it, and make everyone comfortable again.” @rtraister https://t.co/JVgakmqgve— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 9, 2018
👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 FACTS! https://t.co/mQC1AfyX3t— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) September 9, 2018
😭😭😭 the epitome of what it means to be a QUEEN today . QUEENS stand up for the greater good of US ALL and LEAD BY EXAMPLE every chance they get .— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) September 9, 2018
I love you @serenawilliams ! I’m thankful for you ! I stand with you . https://t.co/z7zZoM0ZOz
I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized. And I’ve also been given a “soft warning” by the ump where they tell you knock it off or I will have to give you a violation. He should have at least given her that courtesy. Sad to mar a well played final that way. https://t.co/xhBzFZX8Wq— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 9, 2018
(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
(2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
Worst refereeing I’ve ever seen ...... the worst !!!— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 8, 2018
None of this is to take away from Naomi Osaka's historic win. The 20-year-old became the first Japanese winner of the tournament. Serena's grace in support of Osaka, who is also half Haitian, during the award ceremony shows why all black girls rock!
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