Osaka not saddened by Serena row in US Open final

Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says

Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says "yes"

The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour.

The CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, Steve Simon, also issued a statement backing Williams on Sunday and said that his organization "believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women", while also adding they he did "not believe that this was done last night". A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the US division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one".

In a match that drew strong ratings on ESPN, Osaka beat Williams in straight sets to win the women's singles Open title. Her 36-year-old opponent cleared that up for her with a whisper in her ear during the trophy presentation. In comparison, I never saw Nadal shouting like that with an umpire. "She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka recalled.

Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty. Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater.

"I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too", she said.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday. 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. "That is not right", she protested.

Yet Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise. Ings insisted that the "Umpires are just upset. They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour". "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

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