Serena Williams melts down, cartoonist branded racist

Serena Williams berates umpire at US Open

Williams lost her cool with the official in the final after being penalised for receiving coaching and smashing her racquet, calling Carlos Ramos a "thief", an outburst that cost her a game penalty.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued. "Professional tennis players, sometimes, I think we lose sight of that". To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos. Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world. He called it "an unhappy situation" and said he followed the rules of tennis.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism. Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

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"WTA defence surpised me". "He never took a game from a man because he said "thief". Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.

"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that". Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

Williams was fined $17,000, which is deducted from her prize money of $1.85 million as the tournament's runner-up. "And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman".

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In a statement released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Ramos was called "one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".

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In the cartoon you can see his depiction of Serena stomping on a tennis racket while a pacifier lies on the ground next to her. Williams got a warning for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines.


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