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Nicki Minaj, Billie Jean King support Serena Williams after US Open

10 September, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Serena Williams Fell To Naomi Osaka In A Tense US Open Final

"Ok, last reflections in case anyone cares, warning for coaching was fair, but everyone coaches and we need to change that rule. and Carlos should have told or warned SW (Serena Williams) about the verbal abuse/ rule before he enforced it", she wrote on Twitter.

"He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", Williams said.

Serena Williams of the United States prepares to serve against Naomi Osaka of Japan (not pictured) in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Grand Slam Committee ruled the incident was not a major offence and fined her US$2,000.

Williams was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racket abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" and insisting "you owe me an apology".

"Williams" only message Saturday night was a brief Instagram video of her 1-year-old daughter Olympia, wearing a miniature version of her mom's tutu and little sneakers, toddling with her beloved doll, Qai Qai. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

On Saturday, Williams repeatedly told Ramos she wanted an apology. Lahyani climbed out of his chair during a changeover, stood with hands on knees, and spoke to Kyrgios, saying, among other things, "I want to help you".

Osaka revealed she was not quite coolness personified, though, saying: "I woke up and I was sweating".

But as the boos and whistles rained down on the court during the awards ceremony, Williams resumed her role as the sport's leader, urging the fans to appreciate the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. "She deserved credit. She deserved to win", Williams said.

Osaka dictated the match and actually started to win over the partisan crowd early in the second set before the focus shifted to the back-andforth between Williams and Ramos.


That is when Serena showed support to her fellow woman and athlete by putting her arm around her.

The victory made Murray, who won here previous year with Martina Hingis, the first man to win consecutive US Open mixed doubles titles since Bob Bryan in 2003-04.

In 2004, she argued several calls by chair umpire that went against her in a quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati and said she had been "cheated" and "robbed". "It's one of the best officiating jobs I've seen in years".

Williams, meanwhile, though she still clearly feels wronged, isn't deluded about the outcome. She has had a series of run-ins with officials at the Open, the Grand Slam event that she has won six times but that she has also been eliminated from four times in matches with contentious officiating.

Ramos, who works primarily on the men's tour, is known for being one of the strictest umpires, notably giving time violations to the slow-moving Rafael Nadal where other umpires are more lax.

"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right?"

During a press conference, Williams criticized the calls from Ramos as sexist.

"I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation", Barker said. Mouratoglou also offered a few valid points. "When do we decide that this should never happen again?" She tells Earley: "You know my character. It's the most cliched things you could think of, always things that make you go "Ugh". "I stood up for what was right", Williams replied.

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