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Game, set, match: Serena Williams labels ref a 'thief' at US Open

10 September 2018

Bryan Armen Graham, writing in the Guardian, had few doubts about Osaka's ability to win: "The only question was whether a 20-year-old in her first grand-slam final could hold her nerve".

Williams, of course, was docked about $24,000, after verbally abusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos, being warned for coaching and breaking a racket.

Yes, she's the greatest female tennis player of all time, but she's also fighting for so much more. The Frenchman later admitted he was trying to coach his player.

'I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final.

Ramos also has officiated in high-profile Davis Cup matches, a men's team event where emotions can run even higher than they ran Saturday. On the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour, players are entitled to call their coach to the court once a set and, for example, during an opponent's medical timeouts.

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They came to life again as Williams gained her first break chance, which Osaka saved with a 117 miles per hour service victor . You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. (AAP)Serena Williams is overcome by emotion at the end of her match.

The American superstar claimed that chair umpire Carlos Ramos meted out penalties for infractions that male players could have gotten away with.

Osaka was the biggest revelation at this U.S. Open - who could be surprised at Novak Djokovic winning his 14th major championship Sunday? - but plenty else happened over what undoubtedly was as wild a Grand Slam tournament as there's been in years.

Carruthers pointed out that Williams is at the very top of her field, highlighting that millions of eyes witnessed the incident, but other women will not have this exposure. Never in my life have I had a coaching violation. "No, I don't do that". Unfortunately for those who will come up against her, you bet.

He argued with the umpire that his words couldn't be considered to be obscene, called for a supervisor to intervene, while telling the umpire: "You are the most corrupt official in the game and you can't do that". "This is the impression I have". Everyone knows this. It's on the commercials, it's everywhere." she said, "When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person.

Despite her massive victory at the US Open in the women's final against Serena Williams, her win was overshadowed by the controversy on the court.

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In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she "was not being coached" and that she "did not understand" why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so. Are we going to have coaching?

"He's never taken a game from a man because they've said 'thief, '" she continued. But he has certainly not been reticent to penalize men. So, on the face of it, Serena should have no complaint about the code violation.

The first Japanese player, man or woman, to capture a Grand Slam singles title, Osaka won her first WTA tournament at Indian Wells in March when her trophy presentation went viral - "This is probably going to be the worst acceptance speech of all time", she blushed.

He said: 'I love Serena, first of all.

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Game, set, match: Serena Williams labels ref a 'thief' at US Open