Serena Williams' protest against an umpire in the US women's open final on Saturday has divided viewers, with many Twitter users calling her "shameful," but fans insist she was only defending herself.
Williams accused Carlos Ramos of being a "thief" when she criticized him for giving his opponent Naomi Osaka a point after receiving instructions from his coach. The outbreak led to a whole game being given to Osaka, who won 6-2, 6-4.
Mark Zeigler tweeted: "Serena Williams kept saying to the chair umpire:" You owe me an apology. "Say you're sorry." What if Serena apologizes to Naomi Osaka, who grew up idolizing her, ruining her moment?
Serena Williams ranted against US Women Finals referee, Carlos Ramos, for his extraordinary rant on the court on Saturday
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was criticized as a "shame for the sport" on Twitter
Other viewers rated his behavior as "shameful" and said his coach had admitted the rape.
Basket Tennis wrote: "Tennis did not deserve this shame, Ramos did not deserve that, the tournament did not deserve that." Naomi_Osaka_ did not deserve that, she could not even celebrate the greatest achievement of her entire life. the sport & # 39;
Dave Williams said: "That was training … I should have followed and kept cool knowing the penalties would only get worse."
Jimmy tweeted: & # 39; Serena Williams what a bad life. Disrespect the referee with his verbal abuse and break his racket. Shameful. & # 39;
Another user said: & # 39; I hope that Serena Williams apologizes to the whole world of tennis. His coach has already admitted that he was actually training.
But Williams supporters came to her defense, saying that she was only defending herself.
"I can not think of another professional sport in which referees consider the best player of all time as @serenawilliams was treated today," wrote Jamil Smith.
Another fan wrote: "So let me clarify this: @serenawilliams shows her emotions during a game and defends herself, and describes her as 'having a tantrum'.
"But male athletes do the same, in many sports, and are described as competitive." # Open from the United States. & # 39;
William's coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, also came out in his defense, tweeting sarcastically after the game: "The star of the show has once been the chair umpire."
The American tennis player Andy Roddick also criticized the actions of the referee.
Many Twitter users criticized Williams (left) for overshadowing the triumph of his opponent Naomi Osaka (right)
But Williams supporters came to her defense, saying that she was just defending herself
Shortly after the game, Williams coach, Mouratoglou tweeted: "The star of the show has once again been the chair umpire & # 39;
Mouratoglou followed that tweet with: "Congratulations to Naomi Osaka for a fantastic tournament & # 39;
Trying to regain some dignity and composure during the presentation ceremony, Williams appealed to calm: "I do not want to be rude, she played well, let's make this the best possible moment, let's not boo anymore.
The problem started when his coach was called to give hand signals illegally in the first set, and then spiraled when he hit his racket on the ground when he broke 3-2 in the second, after which he received a penalty points.
She repeatedly insulted the referee, calling him a liar and a thief and demanding an apology. He correctly docked his game after the violation of the third code, leaving it at 3-5, from which he could not recover.
He decried a magnificent performance by the Japanese player raised in the United States, and resulted in an embarrassing trophy transfer, in which Williams was described as a "role model". Not in this particular case, she does not. "
The whole incident was reminiscent of Williams losing control in the same arena when he threatened to throw a ball down the throat of a line judge in 2009.
How the furious confrontation between Serena and the US Open referee developed
- Serena Williams received a code violation when her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, appeared to gesture at him, in what the referee said was off-court training.
- Serena told the referee & # 39; I do not cheat & # 39; before the game continued.
- A few games later, Williams broke a racket after losing a game and was 4-3 behind. This led to a second violation of the code and his opponent received a point. Then, Williams made an extravagant diatribe in which he called the judge Carlos Ramos & # 39; thief & # 39 ;. You are a liar. You will never be in a court of mine while you live. When will you give me my apology? Say you're sorry, "he shouted.
- This resulted in another violation of the code and his opponent, Naomi Osaka, received a game.
- Williams called the tournament referee as he cried on the court. No further action was taken and the referee left the court.
- Williams went on to lose the game 2-6, 4-6, and continued to stew on the court during the awards ceremony to the heckles of the crowd.
- An interviewer on the court had to order the crowd to stop booing until Williams regained his composure. Then he also requested that the taunts stop and he congratulated his opponent.