Naomi Osaka says US Open victory feels odd after beating Serena Williams

Share

World tennis chiefs need to clarify their position on in-match coaching to prevent another incident after Serena Williams' US Open meltdown, the head of the Australian Open said Monday.

Williams has been called disgraceful and disappointing following her loss to Osaka.

The money comes out of her prize of $1.85 million as the runner-up to Osaka, whose 6-2, 6-4 victory on Saturday made her the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Victor of the men's event, Novak Djokovic, said that while he had sympathy for Williams in terms of the sanctions she was given, he did not agree that women are treated differently to men.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

Williams ended up taking a 3-2 lead in the set when Ramos again warned Williams about a potential coaching violation.

Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it's well known throughout the sport that all coaches do. I was just so stressed and I kept calling my sister, my poor sister.

"I'm trying to figure out why he would say that".

Myanmar: UN human rights chief calls for immediate release of Reuters reporters
Reuters published the results of the journalists' investigation in February, after Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were already detained. Scot Marciel, US ambassador to Myanmar, said he was "sad for Wa lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their families, but also for Myanmar".

Williams insisted she hadn't seen his signals and had never even called for on-court coaching during WTA matches in which it is allowed.

Tennis great Billie Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".

Former British tennis number one Annabel Croft said that, while she had sympathy for Williams, her claim that she had been treated differently because she is a woman was wide of the mark. After a couple minutes of seemingly random thank you's and giggling throughout, she closed by saying, "This is probably gonna be the worst acceptance speech of all time".

"She is the voice for so many of us", Rowland said.

National Organization of Women president Toni Van Pelt weighed in with a statement calling for the USTA to sever any ties to Ramos for "a blatantly racist and sexist move". Williams called Ramos "a thief" and accused him of being sexist.

Williams was publicly chided by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli when he announced a new dress code at the upcoming games following the tennis pro's decision to wear a catsuit that is specially created to improve her circulation and avoid blood clots, which she's struggled with after her pregnancy. 'But, no, I mean, if you meet him, then you know that he's a really nice person, and he's really positive and upbeat. In the background, a blond opponent who may or may not represent Osaka faces a chair umpire who pleads: "Can you just let her win?" Are we going to have coaching?

Novak Djokovic was asked about Williams' outbursts after he won a third men's US Open title on Sunday by beating Juan Martin del Potro.

The whole clash between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos showed that there are inconsistencies with officiating and questions about the place of coaching.

Share