The warning incensed Williams, not only because coaching hand gestures have become so common in the modern era of tennis and nearly always go unpunished, but especially because it called her character into question. I have never cheated in my life!
"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly. Osaka, who became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam victor, said she was crying when she heard the boos, because she thought they were aimed at her. Williams has implied that she was treated more harshly than an angry male player would have been, but within the context of the game at least, no one has suggested that Ramos' officiating favored one player over the other. Strycova asked. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".
The jeers mostly were a response to the controversy that overshadowed the match: The chair umpire assessed Williams a full game penalty after she berated him for accusing her of cheating by taking illegal coaching. "At the time, I did think that they were booing me".
It was at the point she called him a "thief" that Ramos penalised Williams for verbal abuse, and docked her a game.
As a young woman who is trying to wade through the world, I have noted that forthrightness, boldness and confidence in women is not welcome. "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. "But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on".
"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", Strycova said. Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea.
Williams, like Arthur Ashe and other Black tennis players before her, has endured an uphill battle by virtue of simply playing a sport which was segregated for centuries reserved only to white noblemen.
In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams.
U.S. Open women's champion Naomi Osaka is back in Japan celebrating not only her landmark victory, but also a sponsorship deal with auto manufacturer Nissan. It was an infraction, whether Williams benefited from the coaching or not.
She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her. Others chose to point out that Williams' actions had taken away the spotlight from the 20-year-old first time victor Osaka, who became the first Japanese to win a grand slam title.