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WTA back Serena Williams’ sexism claims following US Open final drama

WTA back Williams’ sexism claims

10/09/2018 at 08:23Updated 11/09/2018 at 13:48

Serena Williams’ accusation of sexism during the US Open final has been backed by the WTA, the governing body for women’s tennis.

Williams fell 6-2 6-4 to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final in a highly-charged match which saw the American repeatedly confront umpire Carlos Ramos.

The umpire initially handed Williams a coaching violation before docking her a point, and after the 36-year-old labelled Ramos a “thief”, he docked her a game in a dramatic second set.

"For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark," Williams, who was subsequently fined $17,000, said after the match.

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'. For me it blows my mind. But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal -- like Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous."

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WTA chief executive Steve Simon has supported Williams’ claims, stating a different standard of tolerance was on display:

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women. We do not believe that this was done last night."

The controversial final also brought to light the debate surrounding on-court coaching.

Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted after the match he was coaching from the stands, but also insisted “everyone is doing it 100 per cent of the time”.

On-court coaching is allowed on the WTA Tour, but not at Grand Slams, and Simon believes a further review on this matter is required.

He added: “We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport.

“The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.”