Harry Potter author JK Rowling has joined numerous social media users to criticize a cartoon of The Sun Herald the cartoonist Mark Knight represents the Grand Slam winner on 23 occasions Serena Williams losing her temper during the Women's Final of the US Open.
The caricature is a turnaround at the moment when Williams broke her racket, which resulted in her second violation of three codes, as she was defeated by Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-2 and 6-4.
Osaka's first victory in the Grand Slam was overshadowed by Williams' antics, which have seen head referee Carlos Ramos in the limelight.
The cartoon exaggerates Williams' anger and shows the tennis star jumping on his racket, with a pacifier nearby.
In the background, the referee tells a character that represents Osaka: "Can you let her win?"
JK Rowling picked up the furor of social media about the cartoon and said she reduced Ms. Williams to "racist and sexist tropes."
Others in the social networks criticized the vignette for being "offensive" and a user asked where the cartoon was when the men "broke the racket".
The Herald Sun publisher Damon Johnston supported the cartoon.
"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's caricature represented that," he was quoted as saying. The Herald Sun.
"It has nothing to do with gender or race."
Mr. Knight said the caricature was not about race, but about bad behavior.
"I drew this caricature on Sunday night after watching the final of the US Open, and seeing the best tennis player in the world have a tantrum and I thought it was interesting," he said.
"Three days before I had drawn a caricature of Nick Kyrgios being guided by the ears, as he used to do with his children," he added.
"The cartoon about Serena is about her bad behavior in the day, not about the race."
Earlier Monday, Knight responded and denied that the cartoon was "genre", claiming he drew a cartoon earlier in the tournament that showed Australian star Nick Kyrgios "behaving badly."
Williams, six-time US Open champion UU., He has been fined $ 17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations.
After the triumph of Osaka, there were messages of support for Williams and for those who condemned his behavior and agreed to the referee's calls.
Billie Jean King said there is a clear double standard in the way the rules apply to women and men.
"When a woman is emotional, she's 'hysterical' and is penalized for that," he said in a message posted on Twitter, adding that if a man had a similar outburst, there would be no penalty.
SBS News has contacted The Herald Sun for comments.