Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the US Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, September 8, 2018, in NY. Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos infuriated Serena when he handed her a warning for receiving coaching from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou from the stands.
'The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same.
"It could never have been directed at a male player", exploded Williams afterwards and echo again on CNN TV - yet John McEnroe was in fact disqualified from the Australian Open in 1990 for his behaviour in a fourth round game against Sweden's Mikael Pernfors, while the disgraced 36-year-old icon of women's tennis was penalised one game only in accordance with the entrenched rules of the tournament.
Serena Williams has since accused the US Open umpire of sexism, saying: "For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark".
Tebogo, a caller, says the first code violation that she got was for coaching and her coach admitted that he was coaching and Serena said he gave me a thumbs up.
"To play like that in her first Grand Slam final was just incredible", Date told AFP.
"I've seen other men call other umpires several things, and I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality", she said in tears at the post-match press conference.
"I could really feel for them", she said. We're gonna get through this, and let's be positive. I really felt for her yesterday.
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Although Ramos has focused more on officiating men's matches during his career, he has officiated at three of the four women's Grand Slam singles finals: the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
However, Djokovic said he doesn't agree with WTA CEO Steve Simon's backing of Williams' claims of sexism. The world's former No. 1 tennis player thanked Williams for "calling out this double standard" and said that "more voices are needed to do the same".
Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 for the code violations she received during the US Open final, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Sunday.
"[He] Just maybe changed - not maybe, but he did change the course of the match".
But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently.
"It's hard to generalise things".
While the 20-year-old's historic win came after an emotionally tumultuous game - Williams threw a racket-smashing tantrum after she was given code violations - the achievement provided a rare piece of good news for Japan, which is experiencing one of its most calamitous summers.