Tennis star Serena Williams called the chair umpire a “thief” and “liar,” while also accusing him of sexism during her unsuccessful U.S. Open final — Now, another tennis star is speaking out against Williams.
Tennis star Barbora Strycova, world ranked #25, claims that Williams' behavior was “bulls***.”
“This is a bulls***, for umpires being women or men doesn’t matter,” Strycova told Sport.CZ, The Daily Telegraph reported.
“Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?” Strycova asked. “I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing.”
“In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire. Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world. He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit. Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams? I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing.”
Strycova admitted she found it strange when the WTA Tour and U.S. Tennis Association came out with their support of Williams.
“Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings. The WTA defense surprised me. Will rules change in Serena’s matches? If it’s like this, let me know," Strycova said.
1 ... 2 ... 3 ... You're out:
Williams was defeated in a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's Final. She was called on three violations over the course of the match.
“I don't cheat," Williams told the umpire chair, Carlos Ramos, as he gave her the first violation when she received coaching during the match.
Watch the interaction below:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 9, 2018
Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty.
The third and final violation came when Williams called Ramos a “liar” and “thief” — a verbal abuse violation, which cost her a game penalty in the second set of the match.
Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million.
During the match, Williams also said the umpire had different standards for men and women:
“Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that? This is not fair. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn’t happen to them,” Williams said to the umpire, Fox News reported.
Serena Williams says she is sticking up for women's rights in press conference after Controversial & Heated Ump Exchange in Loss at US Open to Naomi Osaka
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) September 9, 2018
Defense for the chair umpire:
In a statement released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Ramos was called “one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis.”
— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) September 10, 2018
Another professional tennis player wasn't having it with Williams' antics:
Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, wrote in The New York Times opinion piece:
“We cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court … I don’t believe it's a good idea to apply a standard of, 'If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too.' Rather, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the right way to behave to honor our sport and to respect our opponents?”