Australia paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 14, 2018

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Despite US players and captain Jim Courier declaring they have no issues with Ramos umpiring their matches, Adams can't be thrilled about facing Ramos so soon after siding with Williams in the wake of the US Open women's final.

Williams doubled down after the match, believing that Ramos' docking her a game for verbal abuse was tantamount to sexism.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

"And I also really like Venus [Williams], I'm really grateful I had the chance to play her". You owe me an apology. He will be back to work as umpire on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.

During an appearance on Ellen, Osaka also explained how she remained composed while Williams flipped out on umpire Carlos Ramos, and how she feels as the reigning champ.

Williams' heated exchanges with an umpire at the tournament final this week have stirred the tennis world.

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Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka.

Ramos is a gold-badge umpire for the ITF, who have released a statement in support of him. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

"I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the U.S. Open final, and seeing the world's best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting", the cartoonist said.

While tennis legend Billy Jean King backed Williams" accusation insisting there was a "double standard', many have condemned the 23-time Grand Slam victor for losing her temper. She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.

Williams, who was thwarted in her bid for a record-tying 24th Slam singles crown in losing to Japan's Osaka, said she was punished for saying something where men have said far worse without incurring such a penalty. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal.

Rory Carroll reported this story for Reuters News Agency.

That sort of comment is just another example of "being offensive, feigning ignorance while completely ignoring the nature of the criticism given, then doubling down by whinging about being the victims", wrote Luke Pearson, founder and CEO of IndigenousX, an Australian Aboriginal media platform.

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