'We Never Had Signals': Serena Williams Disputes Coaching Claims From US Open

Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches | BellaNaija

Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches | BellaNaija

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Billie Jean King were among those to back Williams, with the latter calling out a "double standard" in the game.

Despite coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitting he was coaching from the box, Williams doubled down on her claim, insisting she knew nothing about it.

During the final against Naomi Osaka, Williams was given a code violation for what chair umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be on-court coaching.

Until now, she has been silent since the incident, but gave an interview to Australian TV show The Project to explain her opinion on the incident. "It was never a financially motivated decision nor were we ever swayed either way by any national federation".

During the altercation and again after the match, Williams suggested that sexism was part of the reason why she was punished so severely, although Strycova told Czech website Sport.cz that she doesn't agree. I think it's an opportunity now for them to speak up on those technical issues like coaching - do they want it?

While the match was full of drama and controversy, Osaka told Degeneres that she didn't even know what had happened exactly because she was taught as a child to not look when an opponent shows anger on court.

The coaching violation isn't allowed during any men's matches but is permitted on the women's tour except in grand slam tournaments.

This time an umpire finally had the courage to deal appropriately with her abusive behaviour, and we applaud Carlos Ramos for his strength in doing the right thing. At the 2016 French Open he accused the elder Williams of receiving coaching during a match, the same offence he penalised Serena for on Saturday.

"Yes, I was coaching just like everybody else", he said. How can you say that? How dare you insinuate that I was cheating?

Yes, what she did is clearly against the rules, which call for a code violation to be assessed. She received an automatic game loss. You are the liar.

"Of course I'm very excited the Olympics are going to be held in Tokyo", added Osaka, who is of Haitian-Japanese descent and was raised in the United States. You're a thief too. Williams yelled at Ramos.

Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.

O'Hagan praised Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the U.S. Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka's victory.

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