After the match, Williams spoke about the sexism that exists in tennis.
Serena Williams didn't have a meltdown. She defended her honor on one of the grandest stages in a sport she's dominated for her entire adult life that continually disrespects her. Don't reduce her justified frustration to sexist behavioral stereotypes.— Travon Free (@Travon) September 8, 2018
“He never took a game from a man because he said ‘thief,’” Williams said. “For me it blows my mind, but I’m going to continue to fight for women. The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person.”
The outcome of the match had people praising Osaka for her win, but also pointing out the unfairness of the match on behalf of Ramos.
#Tennis really doesn't want #Serena to be the greatest of all time. They are over drug testing her, banning her outfits and now penalizing her in games. And ppl say Black ppl are making this up. Does Serena have to go #Kaepernick and sue?— Ronda Racha Penrice (@rondaracha) September 9, 2018
Would a male tennis player be asked how they will someday explain their anger to their baby child? (No.) Serena handled the question with humor, but it still pisses me off.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 8, 2018
The sexist double standard on display in women’s final was just ludicrous. I still can’t believe it. It was not a clean win for Osaka and it’s not her fault. It’s the umpire’s fault, for being a misogynist asshat. #usopen— Serena Williams' Sociologist (@alwaystheself) September 8, 2018
All my years of watching tennis, I have never seen a game given to an opponent as a penalty. Serena is still a champion. Osaka played well but the empire even put a dampener on her win. So unfair to them both. 🙁— Marilyn (@maricurt) September 8, 2018
Even in losing the U.S. Open, Williams showed grace when the crowd starting Osaka booing during the award ceremony.
Men aren’t policed like women are for what they wear in tennis. They aren’t held to the same standards for language and behavior. And women of color are treated the most unfairly.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 8, 2018
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka deserved better. #usopenfinal pic.twitter.com/KpAxZ3CW3v