'I am not a cheat' - Serena accuses tennis of 'sexism'

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It started with an accusation.

Watching from Tokyo, 60-year-old tennis fan Kiyoshi Ogawa praised Osaka's humility: "She tried to make all the attention go to Serena".

She added in her post-match news conference that she had asked Mouratoglou why he said he was coaching her. Now, Serena was angry, and she told the chair umpire that she has never cheated. "I felt like a little kid again". She would rather lose than cheat.

That gave her the first violation, which was just a warning.

"You keep fighting. then for her to come up with some of those shots, it was hard. "(Alize) Cornet should be able to take her shirt off without getting a fine.

Katrina Adams, head of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) "On the fifth point in the second game of the second set between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, the chair umpire witnessed coaching taking place from Williams' coach".


Osaka's father Leonard Francois had no background in tennis but, inspired by Richard Williams' extraordinary success with his daughters, chose to try to repeat the story.

Still visibly upset about the previous two violations, Williams wasn't done chastising Ramos. She also got a $3.8 million check.

Mouratoglou said he had attempted to help Williams, but added coaching was common in nearly every match. "You're a thief, too". Williams then held serve, giving Osaka the chance to close out the match at 5-4.

Osaka held serve to level the score at 3-3, and then broke Williams the following game, coolly slapping a forehand victor past Williams at 30-40 to clinch the break. Murray became the first man to win consecutive U.S. Open mixed doubles titles since Bob Bryan in 2003 and 2004.

(AAP)Serena Williams is overcome by emotion at the end of her match. During the award ceremony, Osaka pulled her visor down and was in tears as the crowd booed.

He said, however, in an interview, that such behavior is common and it's no different than any other coach would do.


But then when I'm off the court, I just feel like I'm just really weird, so I don't want people to see me. "Since I already know she's a good player, I don't want to be surprised if she plays better or not". "I mean I don't think she looked at me so that's why she didn't even think I was but I was like 100 percent of the coaches on [sic] 100 percent of the matches". "So we have to stop this hypocrite thing". "It would've tied for the most ever in the history of the sport male or female", Brennan said.

Williams talked about it afterward.

It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied.

GOLDMAN: Well, boy. You know, I think if a man had gotten a third penalty and given a game violation, yes, I think that would have happened.

Serena Williams's husband Alexis Ohanian celebrated her return to the US Open final with a touching Twitter tribute interspersing video of her on-court exploits and the first days of their daughter Olympia a year ago. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. For a moment, there was a question on whether she would continue playing. It blows my mind.

"Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?" I had one more to go still.


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