During her 6-2 6-4 defeat to Naomi Osaka, Williams was handed a series of code violations by umpire Carlos Ramos - the first of which arrived in the opening set for what the official deemed to be on-court coaching.
She then had a heated argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, which cost her a game. Williams then approached the net and told Ramos: "I don't cheat".
"I don't use on-court coaching (where it's allowed at WTA tour events)". Williams called Ramos a "thief" for stealing a point away and was hit with a third violation, this time for verbal abuse. The violations were for coaching (supposedly Ramos saw Williams' coach signaling to her during a game), breaking her racket and behavior Romas deemed "verbal abuse". I'd rather lose... I've never cheated in my life.
Osaka sealed her first major with a thumping serve out wide.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King, whose name is on the Open facility, came to Williams' defense, too, echoing sentiment that sexism was at work.
"You know how many other men do things - they do much worse than that".
Williams had a meltdown late in the second set after being assessed for multiple violations. "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her".More news: Kim Jong-UN confirmed his readiness to return to Russian Federation
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"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it", When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions", King tweeted. Fans, members of the media, celebrities and casual observers weighed in, with the match and Serena shooting to the top of the site's trending topics. Osaka will join the group of skilled players - Serena Williams, Alizé Cornet, countless others - who were robbed of their moments because of a power structure that refuses to treat them fairly.
After her next service game, she argued with officials in the corner again, saying that she was targeted every year by umpires at the U.S. Open.
Williams approached Ramos after the call.
"The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire".
Williams was given a 3rd code violation in the 2nd set of the U.S. Open Final, resulting in the loss of a game.
Though Williams lost the match, she vowed to continue fighting for women. In lifting the trophy, she became the youngest tournament titlist since Maria Sharapova in 2006. Viewers also offered an outpouring of sympathy for Osaka, whose first Grand Slam win is tied up in the controversy.
After Osaka's victory, the crowd erupted, with many booing in defense of Williams. "I know that she was frustrated about the way the match played out, but the way she stepped up after the final and gave full credit to Naomi for a match well-played speaks volumes about who she is".