All eyes were on Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka during Saturday afternoon’s U.S. Open final match. Osaka, 20, went toe-to-toe against Williams, a player she said she loved, and proved to be able to hold her own against the greatest athlete out there. But Osaka’s win was marred with controversy when it came to umpire Carlos Ramos when he docked Williams points for code violations. Ramos handed Williams  her first violation when he accused her of getting illegal advice from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. During Williams’ second set, Mouratoglou made a hand gesture that Ramos took as advice, and Williams fired back. “One thing I’ve never done is cheat. If he gives me a thumbs up, he’s telling me to come on. We don’t have any code, and I know you don’t know that. And I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I’m telling you it’s not. I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose,” she said. Williams was issued a second violation for smashing her racket. But many have questioned Ramos’ motives and have accused him of being sexist, since male tennis players have gotten away with similar actions. Williams argued with Ramos and demanded an apology for accusing her of cheating, and then he handed her a third violation. After the match, Williams spoke about the sexism that exists in tennis.

“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.

Even in losing the U.S. Open, Williams showed grace when the crowd starting Osaka booing during the award ceremony. And that’s why she’ll always be the greatest to ever play the game.


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