Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

After Serena Williams lost in the final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, all anyone could talk about was Williams' altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos that led to her being fined $17,000.

Speaking on Wednesday, Osaka said she was unsure just why the crowd were booing at the time, but Williams had some kind words for the champion.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

It comes after a source told The Times some umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams in the wake of her attack on Ramos. "You owe me an apology!" she shouted repeatedly. We just made life hard for umpires everywhere. "Do not worry about me!" "And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'". "You're a thief, too".

Despite being in tears on Saturday while receiving the trophy inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY - after Williams' outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" - Osaka said she holds no ill-feelings about what happened. How many other men do things?

"There's a lot of companies for whom Kei is the male and they are looking for a female, so it couldn't be better timing". "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality". Her total earnings from the controversial match amounted to $3.8 million.

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Watching the women's final between Williams and Naomi Osaka from his Atlanta home, Aaron saw Williams react angrily when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned her about receiving coaching, something that happens commonly in tennis but is rarely sanctioned. "We do not believe that this was done last night".

Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.

"Serena Williams decides she's gonna blame sexism for the way she was treated and then the media applauds her?"

The outlier, intriguingly, is coaching, the issue which ignited this sorry saga.

In the eight categories - Racket abuse, Audible obscenity, unsportsmanlike conduct, coaching and coaches, ball abuse, verbal abuse, and visual obscenity - men were penalised more often in all but one.

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