The whole world saw what happened at the U.S open women’s final as Serena Williams lost to Japanese player Naomi Osaka. The event made headlines all across the world for not just being the final but for the Serena Williams behavior. Serena who was playing for her record bid for equaling 24th Grand Slam title lost after the controversial decision of the umpire.
The whole incident has sparked a debate on sexism. This kind of thing is reported to be first ever incident in history of tennis. Williams was given a penalty by the chair umpire after he believed she received coaching advice from her coach who was sitting the front row. She was later docked a point for the second violation when she smashed her racket and for fiery exchange of arguments with the umpire she was penalized a game for verbal abuse.
Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for the code violations that included calling the umpire a “liar” and “thief” in the US Open 2018 women singles final loss. According to the BBC tennis presenter, Sue Barker, “The umpire was following the rules by the book but Serena has a point.”
According to the latest development WTA has backed up Serena, WTA chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed Williams a different level of tolerance over Saturday’s outbursts than if she had been a man.
World reacts to fiery finals clash. This is now an ongoing debate on social media. There are all sorts of comments made in favour and against Serena Williams.
(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
I can’t think of another pro sport in which officials treat arguably the greatest player ever like @serenawilliams was treated today.
— Jamil Smith جميل كريم (@JamilSmith) September 8, 2018
Really confused how Serena Williams spun her outburst penalties into a women’s rights issue. Can you imagine, for example, Odell Beckham Jr. creating a social justice excuse for punching a wall last year & the press APPLAUDING him after? Would never happen.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) September 8, 2018
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 8, 2018
This #SerenaWilliams match is going to be a big story. She was penalized a point and then a full game! She made point men do much worse and are not penalized at all and she is right.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 8, 2018
This is an astonishing sporting moment for Serena Williams who is beside herself. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me"
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) September 8, 2018
Watching #MorningJoe panel undercut #SerenaWilliams– do they not realize how deeply offended she must have been to be accused of cheating during a final, in front of the world? A champion athlete who has worked tirelessly to become a legend in her sport?
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 10, 2018
This isn’t about “gender”. This is simply global anti-Black white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/uoRijSfcrG
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) September 10, 2018