Unfortunately, Serena Williams did everything mentioned above and found herself slammed with a point penalty followed by a game penalty before she lost the US Open 2018 final to Japan's Naomi Osaka. However, the result was overshadowed by a controversial dispute between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the second set at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"At the completion of the fifth game of the second set, Williams was assessed a second code violation for racquet abuse, which required a point penalty".
"I don't cheat to win", she said.
"I also agree with what Patrick said that pretty much all players receive coaching on court".
The fallout: Williams was fined a record $82,500 and told she could be suspended from the U.S. Open and her fine doubled if she had another "major offense" at any Grand Slam tournament over the next two years.
Williams went on to win her next game at love, but Osaka served out the match to win 6-2, 6-4.
After the game, Williams said Ramos had never deducted a game from a male tennis player for calling him a thief.
She said: "I've seen other men call other umpires several things".
Williams had a meltdown late in the second set after being assessed for multiple violations.
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"I know that everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", Osaka said.
Victoria Azarenka also tweeted her support, saying she did not believe the same decisions would have been made in a men's match. -Osaka's coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of Williams, on Twitter. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. She is the first Japanese player to win the U.S. Open. She demanded an apology from Ramos.
The tennis pro copped a warning from a chair umpire for readjusting her shirt, having noticed it was back to front.
"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN. "I felt bad, because I'm crying, and she's crying, and she just won, and I'm not sure if they were happy tears or sad tears because of the moment", she explained. This made the 36-year-old Williams even more upset, leading to her further chastising Ramos - including calling him a "thief". "This is outrageous", said Williams warming to her theme.
Despite the controversy there were many messages of support for Osaka, who became the first Japanese grand slam victor.
According to the code of conduct, the first violation results in a warning, the second violation hands the player a point penalty, the third violation results in a game penalty and the fourth could force the player to forfeit the match.
Support for Williams was not universal, with some saying the 23-time Grand Slam victor was simply in the wrong.
Serena Williams' loss at the US Open was dramatic for all the wrong reasons in terms of sports, and critics are voicing concerns about gender double standards in terms of conduct on the court.