'Serena totally out of line' - Billie Jean King

Angelo Anderson
September 12, 2018

The Serena Williams US Open controversy rages on.

The cartoon, which features Williams mid-tantrum while a faceless Naomi Osaka speaks to umpire Carlos Ramos as he utters the words "Can't you just let her win?", was featured in Melbourne-based newspaper the Herald Sun.

She added: "There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board".

The governing body's support for Ramos came after the WTA, which operates the women's tour, was critical of the way things went between him and Williams in NY.

While the fallout drags on, Osaka has become a somewhat forgotten player in the furore but Curry reserved some of his adulation for the rising-star.

"It's tough, but with experience you understand how you can control your emotions and how you can stay focused on what the task at hand is and that's just winning basketball games and not letting anything get in the way of that", he told Omnisport.

Serena is a great champion and she is the one we are looking at - not Ramos and Patrick.

"We have to have consistency, because when you look at what the women, in this case Serena, is feeling, we watch the guys do this all the time", Adams said.

The International Tennis Federation did wholeheartedly back Ramos, saying in its statement that "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

At the 2016 French Open Venus Williams was also angered to receive a code violation for supposedly communicating with her coach. Walk. Boycotting Serena exclusively makes it that much easier for her to argue that the umps have it in for her.

King had tweeted a similar statement after the match, thanking Williams for calling out the double standard.

I don't follow the sport closely enough to know for certain but all of this sounds suspiciously like the umpires are seizing on the opportunity presented by the Williams incident as leverage for ... something.

'When he saw the coach making gestures, he issued a warning - but Serena Williams took it personally and everything went out of control.

'It's a boring situation, but "à la carte" judging does not exist'.

For the first time since the match, Ramos has spoken up, telling Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal that "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

Ramos then told his friend: 'Do not worry about me!'

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

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