Tennis world divided over Serena Williams' behaviour

Serena Williams Fell To Naomi Osaka In A Tense US Open Final

Serena's battle with umpire ignites debate on Twitter

There was no thumbs-up sign.

She added in her post-match news conference that she had asked Mouratoglou why he said he was coaching her. He also said everyone does it and usually is not called for it. "McEnroe has done, "you can't be serious" and all the other tirades, top of his lungs over the years and none of them received a game penalty", Brennan said. Four thousand dollars were deducted for the coaching warning and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

When Osaka performs media duties with her own national press, she takes questions in Japanese but replies in English, apologising for not knowing the appropriate word when she does resort to her mother tongue.

The former world No 1 Billie Jean King, an outspoken advocate of women's rights, said Williams was entitled to draw attention to the "double standard" in tennis. Williams said. "You owe me an apology". "I mean, he's never taken a game from a man because he said thief". Right here I'm preventing for ladies's rights and equality of men and women in all spheres.

They have called out his actions as being sexist, racist and just plain inappropriate at such a crucial point in a championship match. "You are the liar".

"I'll tell her, first of all, if she sees it, that, you know, I stood up for what I believed in".

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief".

At this point, the umpire issued a third violation for "verbal abuse", resulting in a lost game for Williams.

Section L in "Article III - Player On-Site Offense" in the Grand Slam Rulebook states: "Players shall not receive coaching during a match (including the warm-up)".

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On Twitter, some users wrote that the treatment of Williams as a woman, particularly a woman of colour, was especially egregious.

His controversial calls were not only a blow to Williams' legacy - who would have tied Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles - but also cast a shadow over Osaka's win, which should have been a historic moment for the young athlete.

The trophy ceremony was met with a chorus of boos from Williams' home US Open crowd, who had been unhappy at her treatment during the match.

A statement read: "There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match". For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two awesome players, both of whom have great integrity. However, he felt that Serena wasn't watching him at the time.

Williams, who has dealt with body shaming and even criticism over her dark features, took the high road and said she was not upset.

"I hope she stays healthy and continues her good work".

Victory on Saturday earned Naomi US$3.8 million but she remembers the days when her older sister was the best player in the Osaka household. In 2011, Williams' opponent Sam Stosur was awarded a key point, and thus the game, when an umpire ruled Williams yelling, "Come on", had hindered Stosur before she made contact with the ball.

Serena Williams argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos while playing Naomi Osaka during the final.

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