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Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

Williams was outraged, and demanded an apology, telling Ramos that "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose".

One of the world's best female tennis players slammed Serena Williams for her meltdown at the U.S. Open, bluntly calling it "bulls***".

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her. Osaka will appear in global promotions and advertising for the Yokohama, Japan-based carmaker, which will support her as a tennis player, the company said Thursday in a statement.

In the post-match press conference, Williams suggested women are treated differently in the sport, saying: "I've seen other men call other umpires several things". For me to say 'thief, ' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

"Anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour", he added.

After Serena Williams lost in the final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, all anyone could talk about was Williams' altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos that led to her being fined $17,000.

Navratilova said Williams had part of it right - that there was "a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behaviour is punished - and not just in tennis", but that she was wrong to be going down the track that she did.

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"I feel it's really important to stand up for what you believe in, ' Serena said in reference to the U.S. Open incident".

But her claims were soon undermined by statistics showing that there were 86 code violations handed out to male players at the US Open, and only 22 to women. Jimmy Connors famously called one official an "abortion". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ... It later started a larger debate about sexism in tennis. She's come back repeatedly from injuries, and most recently a traumatic experience giving birth to her daughter. "At the time, I did think that they were booing me".

If the world is afraid of women loudly seeking justice, it is doubly afraid when black women do so.

"I encourage women to take stances as they see fit and we need to understand what that means".

Now there have been reports that professional umpires might consider boycotting Ms. Williams's matches.

Watching Serena throw her racket on the ground in frustration reminded me of the many times I have had to stop myself from flinging a chair or my high heel across the room towards a "subject" that clearly deserves it.


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