Williams received wide support in her claims after a series of code violations issued by umpire Carlos Ramos saw her attack the man in the chair as she lost the US Open final to Japan's Naomi Osaka in NY last weekend.
On Wednesday, Osaka appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her historic U.S. Open win and her new game. Appreciation for what the 20-year-old achieved in defeating Williams has since been gathering momentum, with Nissan now appointing her its brand ambassador. "People often underestimate the amount of work that it takes to become a top tennis player".
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"I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on in any other Grand Slam final", she added.
"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", Strycova said. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions. "In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court".
World number 25 Barbora Strycova said Williams outburst was 'bulls***'. "I think it's a matter of having a conversation with the two guys and saying let's cut it out, let's slow it down, and then perhaps not understanding how they can have the same conversation with the females".
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The incident began when Williams was penalized for allegedly receiving direction from her coach on the sidelines via hand signals, which is a violation of US Open rules. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished.
The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against. She angrily called Ramos a "thief", pointed out that she has never cheated, mentioned how she tries to set an example for her daughter and demanded an apology. The decision caused a heated on-court dispute between him and Williams. He called it "an unhappy situation" and said he followed the rules of tennis.
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Williams was fined $17,000, which is deducted from her prize money of $1.85 million as the tournament's runner-up. "I enjoyed every single second of the match". "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question".