Serena Williams | The scandals that the tennis player left at the US Open after her retirement; threatened more than one
Adored by some, decried by others, the American Serena Williams is a figure of discord whose career has been marked by extraordinary successes and controversial moments, experienced mainly at the US Open.
Wrestling chair umpire, Carlos Ramos
In the 2018 US Open final, Williams narrowly missed out on her coveted 24th Grand Slam title, which would have equaled Margaret Court’s record, when she fell to Naomi Osaka (6-2, 6-4 ).. More than the match, viewers of Arthur Ashe Court will likely remember the tennis player’s fierce confrontation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
With Williams leading 0-1 in the second set, Ramos spotted the American’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, dragging her from the bench, an action prohibited at the time, and issued a warning to the home star .
A heated argument ensues with the judge. “I don’t cheat to win, I prefer to lose,” exclaimed the American. “It’s unbelievable. I haven’t had any ‘coaching’. I’ve never cheated in my life. You owe me an apology,” he said when changing sides. The situation escalated when Williams he received a second warning, along with a penalty point, after breaking his racquet.
“You are attacking me. You’re wrong. You will never referee another one of my matches. You owe me an apology. You’re the liar,” Williams told the judge. “You’re a thief. You stole a point from me.” It was then that the Portuguese referee gave him a third warning, and therefore a penalty, a rare sanction at this level.
After the match, Williams’ younger sister accused Ramos of sexism. “I fight for women’s rights and equality. Getting a penalty game for calling him a “thief” felt like a sexist act to me. He never penalized a game for a man who called him a “thief,” said Williams, who was fined $17,000 for the incident.
threatened a judge
Before the episode with Ramos, Williams had already lost his temper several times at Flushing Meadows. In the 2009 semi-finals, against Kim Clijsters, she reprimanded a linesman for a foot fault on serve, earning the Belgian two match points.
“If I could, I would grab that bullet and shove it down your throat,” Williams said according to the judge. The American, who yelled at her and pointed her racket, defended herself by assuring that the judge had misunderstood her words. This behavior cost him a second warning and a penalty point, and therefore the loss of the match, in addition to a $10,500 fine.
Another incident involving Williams in New York occurred in the 2011 final against Samantha Stosur, who lifted the trophy 6-2, 6-3.
Leading 6-2 and 30-40 in the first game of the second set and on serve, Williams loudly shouted “Come on” after hitting a forehand winner but before Stosur had touched the ball.
Judge Eva Asderaki overturned the point and gave the game to the Australian. “If you ever see me walking down the aisle, look away,” Williams told Aderaki after sitting down on his bench. “You are out of control, you are resentful.”
With information from AFP
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