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“It was a sexist remark”- Serena Williams addresses Umpire’s Penalty fine

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It has been a very emotional night for fans of star tennis player Serena Williams after losing to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka at the final of the US Open.

As the internet continues to react to the penalty that sealed Williams’ defeat tonight and the role the game’s umpire Carlos Ramos played in it, Serena in a press conference has shared her thoughts.

When asked what she would have done differently, Serena said “I don’t know. You definitely can’t go back in time”, before going ahead to state that she felt the umpire’s move to fine her was ‘sexist’ and ‘outrageous’, especially as other male players, have gotten away with saying worse.

Serena added that she hopes her experience tonight is able to encourage other female players who wish to express their emotions to go ahead and do so and even though it did not work for her, she hopes it works for them.

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Serena was penalized for a three code violation which included being illegally coached from the stands by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, a  hand gesture by Mouratoglou and verbal abuse when she called Ramos a thief for taking a point from her game. Serena was filmed arguing heatedly with Ramos denying the violation and the penalty.

See videos of Serena in a heated argument with umpire Carlos Ramos

Despite the loss and lash out during the game, Serena maintained her cool and even gave Osaka a comforting hug as the crowd booed as the youngster was unveiled the winner of the US Open. When asked to share her thoughts Serena called for fans to stop booing and allow a visibly shaken Osaka to enjoy her victory.

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19 Comments

  1. Lilo

    September 9, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I love Serena. I also want to get this off my chest:

    Serena hates to lose let alone lose to a 20 year old
    Motherhood’s is kicking Serena’s butt
    A part of Serena wants to throw in the racket and retire
    The warrior in her wants to do it all, win it all and have it all
    Her prime is no longer ahead of her and she is struggling to accept this
    She feels everyone is out to get her when in reality, no one stays on top forever

    I love Serena

    • Amaka

      September 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Motherhood is not kicking her butt. She was in top form. Just a few unfortunate events. She does not want to retire. She will win again just watch and see. Pregnancy is not a disease . A lot of women have accomplished great things after giving birth some even WHILE pregnant.

    • Lilo

      September 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Funny you said that because by Serena ‘s own admission she is going through postpartum emotions and methinks that’s putting it lightly. Having a kid or kids is not a disease but it takes a toll on the body. FACT! Add a Marriage to that, yeah she is in fact a super woman to be competing with these pinishin 20 year olds who have got nothing but time and emotional/mental bandwidth to practice, pray, and keep practicing z
      Aside having a kid, no one sports champion stays on top forever because in sports every athlete has a shelf life. There will be new entrants and the landscape will change. Michael Jordan will always be remembered as one of the greatest athletes but he is no longer on the competing for his 20th ring. Will Serena win again? Yes. Will other players kick her butt knowing she is slightly more vulnerable? Oh yeah. Which is why I say that he greatest accomplishments as an athlete have already been recorded.

  2. didi

    September 9, 2018 at 5:32 am

    You are hundred percent correct lilo. Every woman should come to terms with the truth that having a baby changes alot in your life but it will take a lot of perseverance,support and confidence to bounce back and it will eventualy happen. She should also know she is champion even if she is losing now it will take long before anyone can get to her level. Its now we can tell if she is truly a confident woman and know het true friends looolllss. I hope she doesn’t let this affect her marriage ohhhhhh.

  3. CrazyWorld

    September 9, 2018 at 5:58 am

    She had to play the ‘because I am a woman’ card. Even if men do it, must you go down and join them? If it’s the rule and the referee choose not to penalize the men then let it be. The men do it doesn’t mean it is right to do it as long as the rule is against it.

    The world will remember her as the greatest! She should let one small moment ruin it and join people like Zidane.

    • Adah

      September 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      This is what I have a problem with. So women should be held to higher standards than men? If the referee chooses not to penalize men but penalize women, then he should be called out on that BS. No double standards.

  4. lo

    September 9, 2018 at 8:16 am

    here we go again when something doesn’t go as planned especially for the Blacks, we always play the “Black Card” playing the victim card as though the chances you get winning is the same chances you get at losing…. Blacks need to stop playing the victim card!

  5. Cynical

    September 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Honestly, let us call a spade a spade here. Serena, your were wrong. I’m not sure if it was the frustration of losing that overwhelmed you. The annoying part is that Serena would have lost either way. Your coach gestured and you were penalised for it, whether you are a woman,man,black ,blue or whatever, an offense was commited. You said you never cheat and tried to clarify things. After the first time,you should have let it go and focus on your game. But you started cursing and the umpire acted. You actually owe him an apology because he was just doing his job according to the rules. I just felt sorry for Naomi, her celebration was reduced because of all the drama.

  6. Miss Smart

    September 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    If black people are to be taken seriously, we need to control our emotions better. When one looses their cool, they automatically lose the argument. I know it must be hard to feel cheated and not vent but one must try to be as professional as possible.

    Now, we all know Serena is amazing but in the same breath she is such a sore loser! Her attitude stole the shine from a beautiful and strong Naomi Osaka. She’s the one I feel sorry for. Serena was losing anyway and as usual she beat herself up to the point of losing it.

    Her coach has admitted he was indeed “coaching” and his argument is everyone does it. Not cool, it’s all his fault! Serena didn’t see him coaching hence her outbursts as she genuinely thought she was being attacked unfairly.

    If men have been verbally abusive to the umpire, this doesn’t mean women should stoop as well. I felt sorry for the man just doing his job and the girl who should be beaming with pride at her fantastic achievement.

    The best way to shine if you’re black and a woman is to be outstanding( Serena is already GREAT) but please keep the race/ gender cards firmly secure in your pockets. It makes a mockery of the fight and in my experience, never yields positive results.

    • Amaa

      September 10, 2018 at 3:02 am

      If you where never enslaved . Never faced racism never grew up in a divided country where the colour of your skin determines where you will end up. If you have never fought to go to school that was unsegrigated . Never had to have police hunt you . Never had to have policy makers make policies that some how disadvantaged your whole race . Then My brother you have no right to make that first statement . Because if you know what slavery did and is still doing to the black race your Nepa and tribalism in Naija will be nothing compered to what these guys face on a daily bases.
      Trust me if Serena is having a melt down it’s because on the all she had to face in her entire career. She will never be equal in the eyes of an American or never earn as much as (until recently) than a Russian white cheat who was caught dopping . She will never be given the respect she deserves .

      So yes they are an emotional race and yes they have every right to be because the odds are stacked against them even where they are naturally gifted like sports. Why is Nike’ new ad dividing America simply put his black and dared stand up and disrespect the flag when Afghanis Iraqis and Pakistanis have burnt your flag and yet you give them money aid worth billions of dollars .

  7. by_stander

    September 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    People like Zidane?

  8. Poesy

    September 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I’m glad you guys get it on this forum. I read some other sites and it’s baffling that people are writing theses and dissertations on sexism and racism. There is a time and place for those arguments but this wasn’t it. Serena has every right to feel wronged and no doubt she is under a lot of pressure – internal and external – but there is a way and manner to air grievances and make formal complaints.

    Anyway, as an emotional personal navigating life and professional challenges, this has been a teachable moment for me.

    • Cocoa

      September 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Yep! TEACHABLE MOMENT indeed!! We as humans sometimes hold our achievements close to our chest ..so much so that when we come 2nd people start to fall apart.

      Your achievements will not give you eternal life. We need to rearrange our priorities. The things we give so much emotions and energy to. Yes we all want to be and do our best…..but do just that and leave the rest. Sometimes we win sometimes we lose…both situations should not take nor add to your self worth.

      You are worthy..because GOD SAYS YOU ARE. THE END.

  9. Perspective

    September 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    We need to stop downplaying or trivialising sexism. There is never a right time to vent about injustice. I didn’t watch the match but from reading the article, Serena did not seem aware of the sideline coaching. The umpire has other officials. He could have confirmed. That is part of his job. And Serena is right that the men do it all the time. I see Djokovic and hia coach, Nadal, Federer. If Serena was singled out, not because she’s a woman, bur because she is Serena, then the ATP should look into it. Granted she has been facing difficulties with motherhood but she was in great form this US open.
    Some say she was already losing. Were the 2 sets already won? Could she still have come back? If that decision had not been made, would she have concentrated enough to fight back and win? I’m not defending her because I love her, but because in this world, we have become so political and professional and conscious of media/ public opinion that nobody voices out what they feel about injustice.

    • Poesy

      September 10, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Please watch the match or highlights.
      It was more than code violation for coaching. Racquet abuse and verbal abuse follow join. And you know what they say, 3 strikes and you’re out.

  10. MZ_Danielz

    September 9, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one unhappy with Serena. It’s this that of behaviour that sets the fight for equality backwards. In a time when we’re fighting the stereotype that women are overtly emotional and sometimes can’t handle setback, she does this.
    Serena did something wrong, whether or not someone else got away with it, she did something wrong. She is 36 and has had a good run. She should take failure and success with grace as that’s what makes a phenomenal person.
    You’re all about women’s rights yet you take the shine from a 20 year old female’s victory.

  11. Engoz

    September 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    It’s not even the rant on sexism which was unnecessary that made me cringe, it’s the whole mysticism she revolves around motherhood. She mysticizes motherhood a lot to my chagrin. I cringed when she said I have a daughter, I stand for what it’s right, I have never cheated in my life, lmao! ? like the fact that you have a daughter means you can’t cheat? What kind of rationale is this? I’ve been wanting to challenge her views on motherhood and the useless standards she places on it, but I’ve been hesitant. I’ve even written some things and deleted it. I just felt since she’s suffering from some depression, let her be, lmao. Yeah express your emotions but there are good and BAD ways of expressing them. The meltdown was a loooong time coming. I although agree she has been treated unfairly but not necessarily in this case. Haters will finish her sha. She just gave them more fodder to bitch.

  12. Ben

    September 10, 2018 at 1:18 am

    As much as I really love Serena. She needs to shut da f— up. She got beat fair and square by Osaka. Same Osaka knocked her out in the 1st round of the Cincinnati open. Stop blaming the ref and throwing the “because I’m a female card”. Girl you got handled by Osaka. STOP B—HING. Still love you though,

  13. tunmi

    September 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    The ref WAS sexist and maybe even racist.

    Serena has been unfairly treated by this game, from being more tested than the rest of her counterparts to having her humanity called into question.

    But what would we know about it? We seem to love punishment.

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