Saturday, 22 September, 2018

8 things to know about the US Open victor Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams- Sexism claim is a red herring – Serena Williams should apologise after overshadowing Naomi Osaka's big moment Serena Williams talks with referee Brian Earley during Saturday night's US Open final Credit AP
Jennie Wade | 10 September, 2018, 18:43

It was really tough.

Djokovic has backed Williams and believe under-fire umpire Carlos Ramos possibly should have been a bit more lenient given the occasion.

Djokovic drew the line at Ramos's involvement, though.

"The sport needs to get together and sort it out". "Maybe it didn't work out for me today, but it'll work out for the next person". She was telling me to think of it as just another match and then I would yell at her, 'Are you insane? "I know Serena is a crowd favourite, it's NY, it's in America and it's the US Open so I knew everyone knew how badly she wanted to win the 24th Grand Slam". Moratoglou later admitted that he had indeed been coaching but said that Osaka's coach had doing the same. "I felt like everyone was sort of unhappy up there and I know that it wasn't really ... the ending wasn't what people wanted it to be", she said. "She was really nice to me, like, at the net and on the podium".

At the young age of 20, she's beaten Serena Williams-whom most consider not only the greatest tennis player, but the greatest athlete-not once, but twice.

Aside from consistency in the rules, perhaps the strongest argument for allowing on-court coaching in grand slams is the problem of enforcement.

"Yesterday also brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simons said in a statement.

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If Williams is victorious, she will have equalled Margaret Court's insane record of 24 grand slam titles . Osaka was born in Japan but left when she was three years old and raised in the United States.

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Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keathvong also suggested Williams was in the wrong, tweeting: "Sexism is a problem in the wider picture of tennis but I don't believe the decisions Carlos Ramos made that night had anything to do with it".

Williams defended her sexism claim in a post-match press conference, arguing that men can get away with things women can't when they complain or misbehave on the court.

Osaka shocked Serena Williams in straight sets to win the title but the main story in the match was the 3rd code violation handed to Williams which resulted in an automatic loss of game in the 2nd set. I had a awful year, I was terribly badly behaved. So, on the face of it, Serena should have no complaint about the code violation. Andy Murray was given a code violation by Ramos during the 2016 Olympics, accusing Murray of calling him a "stupid umpire".

Then, he docked her an entire game after she called him a "thief" for taking that point from her. "But if you want to be the star of the show, that's fine".

When other players have similar spats on court (gentlemen of the game Roger Federer told an umpire "don't f##king tell me the rules" during the 2009 US Open final) it's dismissed with the next day of play, but Williams is held to a higher level of scrutiny.

"Theoretically the umpires are here to analyze the match and they are not here to use the stopwatch", Nadal said then.

Osaka has now compiled $7 032 734 (R106.48m) in her short career, bolstered by the $3.8 million (R57.53m) winner's cheque at the US Open.

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