NEW YORK (AP) – Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the US Open final than a man.
Williams was cited by Officer Carlos Ramos for three code violations during his 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday: for obtaining training signals; for breaking his racket, which cost him a point; and for calling the chair judge a thief, which cost him a game.
"I've seen other men call other arbitrators various things, I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and all kinds of things, for me to say & thief & # 39 ;, and for him to take a game, he made me feel like it was a sexist comment, he never took a game from a man because they said "thief," Williams said at his press conference.
"For me, it surprises me," Williams said. "But I'm going to keep fighting for women."
Earlier, when Williams defended his case on the field with tournament referee Brian Earley, calling the sanctions unfair, he said: "Because you're a woman, you" Will you take this away? "
" There are many men here who have said many things, "Williams said," and since they are men, that does not happen. "
The two-time Australian Open champion and two-time finalist of the US Open , Victoria Azarenka, supported the position of Williams, writing on Twitter: "If it were a men's match, this would not happen like that. It just would not be like that " Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam titles and helped found the women's tennis tour and paved the way to winning the same prize in the sport, also commented on Twitter about what happened on Saturday
"Several things were very wrong during the match, King wrote." Training at all points in tennis should be allowed. It is not, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of his coach. This should not happen. "
In a second tweet, King said:" When a woman is excited, she is "hysterical" and is penalized for it. When a man does the same, he is "frank" and there are no repercussions. Thank you (Serena Williams) for invoking this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same. "
There has been a series of recent events that illustrate the ways in which tennis does things differently for men and women.
Just before the US Open, the president of the French tennis federation said that the Black catsuit worn this year by Williams at the French Open would not be allowed in that tournament in the future During the US Open, one player, Alize Cornet, was incorrectly reprimanded by a chair judge for changing her shirt during a match, what is allowed, and what men do all the time, and the US Tennis Association created a new rule last week that allows a 10 minute break in male games when heat and humidity they are too hard, previously, only women were given that possibility of delay.