On Saturday, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in the U.S. Open tennis final by a score of 6-2, 6-4.
Controversy surrounded the match over arguments traded between chair umpire Carlos Ramos and Serena Williams, and Williams’s subsequent penalization.
First, Ramos issued Williams a warning for receiving illegal coaching through hand gestures. Although Serena's coach later admitted to making hand gestures, Williams denied that she cheated.
Next, Williams broke her racquet in frustration after a serve and this led Ramos to impose a one-point penalty.
Williams demanded an apology, calling Ramos both a “liar” and a “thief.” Ramos then issued a third violation for verbal abuse — which carried a one game penalty — against Williams. This game gave Osaka a 5-3 lead in the second set.
After the match, Williams was penalized with a $17,000 fine, $10,000 of it for her remarks to the umpire.
At a press conference following the match, Williams accused Ramos of sexism and said she will defend women’s rights and equality.
Food For Thought
Does Serena deserve praise or criticism for her actions during the U.S. Open finale? Was it a fair match?