The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

The cartoonist denied it was racist, saying he had meant to depict only the tennis player's "poor behaviour".

She was she given three code violations by Carlos Ramos, which cost her a point penalty and then a game penalty.

Williams was "simply outplayed and lost her temper in a big and ill-disciplined blow-up", the column said.

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Hank Aaron has plenty to say about the treatment of Serena Williams, post-U. She became the first ever Japanese player to ever win the Grand Slam final.

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of USA president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", said Johnston.

"Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behaviour", he said.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world".

"And I also really like Venus [Williams], I'm really grateful I had the chance to play her". Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?

The International Tennis Federation stood by Ramos' stance and praised him for acting with "professionalism and integrity".

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis". Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA. "Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book", it added. Williams was later given a violation for smashing her racket, costing her a point.

Following the match Williams cited sexism as the reason for her punishment, claiming that she had been treated more harshly than a man would have been.

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", he told BBC Sport ahead of Britain's Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan in Glasgow.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates during her ladies singles second round match against Zarina Diyas of Kazhakstan during day four of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2018 in Paris, France.

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