Stunning figures undermine claims of 'sexism' in tennis

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion said Ramos' decision to dock her was sexist, noting that male players who lose their tempers on court are not always penalized as harshly.

It was drama-filled conclusion to a match rich with storylines that will go down as one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time.

William's match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan was clouded with controversy after Ramos issued a code violation to Williams during play, saying she had received coaching during the match - a point Williams strongly denied.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", Osaka said at a contract signing event at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama.

Serena Williams is sticking to her story and pointing to the double standard.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said.

Tennis star Serena Williams speaks at the Shop.org conference on Friday in Las Vegas.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism during the US Open final in NY, branding him a "thief" and a "liar" after he issued her with a series of code violations.


Standing on the podium waiting to be handed her trophy and a winner's check for $3.8 million, Osaka heard only boos as an angry crowd took out their frustration on Ramos, who stood to the side. You are the liar. You owe me an apology.

The 23-time grand slam victor also makes explosive claims against the tennis world in general, saying men are treated differently to women on the court.

Others may be conditioned to look for mid-match support by the on-court coaching rule used at Women's Tennis Association tournaments, which allows a coach to visit his or her player at one changeover per set.

Osaka won the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, becoming the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title.

"I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open". In 2009, Williams refused to apologize after threatening to shove a ball down a lineswoman's throat in an expletive-laden outburst. Williams in the moment blamed sexism, sparking a debate about the way female tennis players are judged.

YOU'D be hard pressed to find a topic this week more divisive than Serena Williams.

"But to focus on that, I think, is missing the point".

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