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Simon also addressed the need for coaching to be allowed in the sport after Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka.

Mother of all meltdowns.

"I think he would have (said that to a male player), I think it's a bond that they have and the way they communicate, and maybe not understanding they can have that same conversation with the women".

And as renowned author HL Mencken once proclaimed in explaining Williams' ranting and raving: "Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings more is justice". While WTA rules do permit coaching, it is not allowed at Grand Slam events.

She called Ramos "a thief and a liar".

Serena Williams's coach was cheating. "Time and again, Osaka held firm, trumped Williams at her own power game, and did not panic", he added.

Williams was later docked a point for breaking a racquet and a game after calling Ramos a "thief" in separate incidents after the coaching violation.

"I can't really form an opinion yet".

But the most regrettable result of the traumatic occasion that will now forever be tarnished with notoriety, is that Osaka's masterly display will be underscored, with attention heaped on the villain of the piece instead of the hero!

The list of men who have challenged umpires on the tennis court is a long one, so the question remains, why was Serena Williams slapped with a $17,000 fine for standing up for herself during the U.S. Open finals this past weekend?

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Djokovic noted that it was an "awkward situation" for both competitors and "tough" for the umpire.

Osaka, a self-confessed Pokemon nerd whose playful nature has made her a favourite on the women's tour, is expected to climb from 19 to seven in the rankings after becoming an unlikely hero in Japan, still reeling after a summer of deadly typhoons and earthquakes.

I was like, Yup, this guy right here, he's going to be great', Osaka said laughing.

Williams frequently complained to Ramos after being penalized for getting coaching, which her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to, and racket abuse before losing a full game after calling Ramos "a thief".

Osaka out-played her childhood hero to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam, but her accomplishment was swamped in the controversy surrounding 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams.

"The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person, that has emotions, that want to express themselves and they want to be a strong woman".

"I think that Carlos waited and waited to let Serena let off steam and get back into the match".

WTA chief Steve Simon, as well as United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams, echoed the same emotions accusing the Portuguese umpire of treating women differently.

As yet, neither Williams nor the WTA have brought forward any examples of male players repeatedly accusing an umpire of dishonesty and avoiding a code violation.