Jamie Murray: Serena US Open sexism claims far-fetched

Jamie Murray: Serena US Open sexism claims far-fetched

Down in the match, Williams was then docked a point for smashing her racquet, before calling Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" led to her being docked a game. If it was wrong, it should prompt a discussion about what needs to be changed in either the rules or the interpretation of the rules to reduce officiating errors. There's a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", his statement said.

"I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore", said Osaka after putting herself firmly in contention to reach the season-ending WTA Finals.

The public appearance comes just days after Serena was defeated by Japan's Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open in NYC. That enraged Williams, and her reactions started the process by which Williams ended up losing a point and a game for racket abuse and verbal abuse, respectively. "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams told Ramos in a breathless rage. She was called on three violations over the course of the match.

That's a kind gesture from Williams, considering Osaka later admitted she thought the crowd was booing her because it wanted Williams to win instead. "But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on".

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During the altercation and again after the match, Williams suggested that sexism was part of the reason why she was punished so severely, although Strycova told Czech website Sport.cz that she doesn't agree. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.

Following her controversial loss at the U.S. Open last week, Serena Williams has sparked a conversation about equality in tennis.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the rules violations, and the International Tennis Federation backed Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules". Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

It is true that Serena's coach was trying to signal her but Serena was in fact looking at the other side of the court and did not notice.

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