'Liar' and 'thief' - Williams meltdown taints Osaka win

'Liar' and 'thief' - Williams meltdown taints Osaka win

Earlier, as Williams pleaded her case on court with tournament referee Brian Earley, calling the penalties unfair, she said: "Because you're a woman, you're going to take this away from me?"

"I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief because I feel like he took the game from me", Williams said at the podium.

Responding, Williams said: "I literally just heard that too".

The USTA didn't seem much offended, however, by Serena's act in which she carried on for a handful of games, haranguing the umpire, demanding apologies, calling him "a thief" and "liar" and threatening he would never officiate another match of hers again. There is no coaching allowed during a match, and Ramos promptly gave the American a warning, something not uncommon in tennis.

Williams continued to defend herself after the match and called out the sport's double-standard, saying that no male tennis player has ever faced such harsh penalties for similar actions.

Williams accepted it was an unfortunate position for Osaka to be put in, and said: "That's why I said (during the ceremony), "I don't want to answer the questions".

She tweeted 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", she told Twitter followers.

This was the third high-profile conflict with an official for Williams at Flushing Meadows, following her infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a dispute over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.

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On Sunday morning, the president of the National Organization for Women pointed out that "men stretch the rules all the time and are lionized for being "bad boys" and called for Ramos's dismissal.

Celebrities and other athletes shared messages of support for both Ms Williams and Ms Osaka.

"She made a lot of shots", Williams said. First, she was accused of getting coaching signals. "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her".

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing. "I said, 'I want to be like her'". "But I felt like I really had to focus during this match because she's such a great champion, and I know that she can come back from any point".

Afterwards, Ramos was forced to forego the traditional presentation of a souvenir gift to the chair official, instead being escorted out of the stadium for his own safety.

The rating of 2.5 for the match was second only to a primetime telecast in 2015 in which Williams faced her sister Venus, and Novak Djokovic faced Feliciano Lopez.

Osaka - who had kept her cool throughout the chaos - thankfully managed to put an end to proceedings by holding serve and becoming Japan's first ever grand slam victor. She started the next game down 15-0.

"I just texted Patrick, like, 'What is he talking about?'" Williams told reporters.

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