It seems that everyone is up in arms about what went down to close out the 2018 U.S. Open Final.
Serena Williams squared off against 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in her 31st Grand Slam final and her second since giving birth. It would be three different but related penalties giving by the court umpire that sealed Williams’ fate and many are calling the whole thing B.S.
Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire, accused Williams of getting coaching from the box, which is technically illegal, but it was the assertion that Serena was cheating that got her hot at him.
"I understand why you may have thought that was coaching but I'm telling you it's not. I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know," She told the umpire.
It apparently didn’t matter to Ramos, who issued Williams a code violation for coaching, but Williams seemed unaware of that because of the stunned look on her face after she received another code violation for breaking her racket in frustration. That resulted in a point penalty.
Williams then continued the argument with Ramos after seeing the point reduction and demanded an apology for accusing her of getting coaching.
“You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life,” she said to him. "You stole a point from me. You're a thief, too."
Subsequently, the ump gave her a third code violation for verbal abuse, which resulted in a game penalty and placed Osaka in a very favorable position to win, which she eventually did.
"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
You cannot continue to degrade a person and expect them not to finally pounce back. @serenawilliams has consistently displayed perseverance and grace but she is not to be made a fool of. “Let this be a remind to all... I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose.” #usopen pic.twitter.com/5Vwlebh7yx— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) September 8, 2018
In 10 years I won’t remember who won the 2018 US Open...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 9, 2018
But I will remember the day Serena Williams stood up for herself and rightfully so on a bad call even with the consequences...
She was robbed today. But she made sure to defend her character.
#Serena is the GOAT she's never had to cheat. Mainstream media saying she had a meltdown is typical strategy to invalidate the experiences of Black women & is an obvious deflection from the #USOpen umpire’s racist, sexist, and misogynistic power trip. https://t.co/VFTJUyQqdI— ColorOfChange.org (@ColorOfChange) September 9, 2018
Anyone remember what happened when Agassi called an umpire a "son of a bitch"? Spoiler alert: He wasn't docked a game.— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) September 9, 2018
GOAT Serena Williams deserves better.
Oh my god. I love you, Serena. Crying for all the women who have the stones to stand up to this. 😭 https://t.co/ircIMBAlp9— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) September 9, 2018
Serena didn’t have a melt down or a break down or go off or get emotional. At most she demanded her respect. She defended herself against judges who attacked her integrity.— Jozen (say Joe-Zen) (@jozenc) September 9, 2018
Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted to coaching, but said he didn't think she was looking at him. "I was like 100% of the coaches in 100% of the matches," he told a reporter.
In the end, Naomi Osaka made history for herself becoming the first Japanese woman to win a tennis Grand Slam tournament. It’s something Williams recognized and applauded after the match, during the award ceremony.
Serena putting her arm around Naomi Osaka as the crowd boos is quite a moment. (via ESPN) pic.twitter.com/BjlDH13F1z— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 8, 2018
The world just got a full taste of black womanhood.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) September 8, 2018
Can’t win squarely. Can’t lose squarely. Can’t be on top at the same time. Can’t be emotional in public.
Naomi and Serena are both queens and we understand.#USOpen https://t.co/KticScowF1
Serena is all grace in this press conference. When she said there’s a lot that she can learn from Naomi, too, it was just a reminder of what makes a champion. #USOpen— deray (@deray) September 8, 2018
Serena deserves better. Naomi deserves better. Black women deserve better. Female athletes deserve better. https://t.co/WdZfxhr6wI— Ashly Perez 🍃 (@itsashlyperez) September 8, 2018
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