Cape Town - As though her actions were not bad enough, Serena Williams' shame has now been aggravated by the unsupported claim that umpire Carlos Ramos' action against her crude and hysterical behaviour during the humbling 6-2, 6-4 defeat against Japan's ebullient, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday was sexist motivated.
The chair umpire that Serena Williams called a thief in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final has always been one of the on-court officials willing to enforce the rules without fear or favour on the game's biggest stars, male and female.
Williams was given a warning for coaching, then docked a point for smashing a racket before being penalised a game by Ramos after she called him a "liar" and a "thief".
As anyone playing tennis today will tell you, facing Serena Williams on court is more than just a match - it is a career milestone.
Things seemed to settle down as Williams went on to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead, but she gave the break right back in the next game with a pair of double faults, prompting the former champion to smash her racquet on the court.
"It was my first Grand Slam so I'm really grateful for that". "To see her still being so dedicated and so committed to this sport, it's inspiring really to me and to many tennis players, both men and women, around the world". It's a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with.
"As for Serena, she knows I love her".
Navratilova spoke to The New York Times, praising Williams for her message of inequality but criticizing the context in which she made her argument. We're going to get through this and let's be positive.
"But I don't think it's time and place really to get into other subjects".
The WTA is calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport in the aftermath of the U.S. Open final. Mari, who suffered an injury early in her career, is now ranked 367 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.
Following the US Open women's final, Williams was fined $US17,000 for the three code violations during her loss to Osaka.
As Osaka has pointed out, a defining feature of Williams the champion is her defiant aggression - an aggression that tennis, long a bastion of male chauvinist attitudes, used to consider the proper domain of men.
"There are umpires who sometimes put more pressure than others, and you have to accept this", Nadal said after that match.
"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".
"It's hard to generalise things".
Additionally, the tennis star is being fined $17,000 for her violations, according to CBS Sports.