A lot went down in the US Open final between Noami Osaka and Serena Williams. After three code violations and a 6-2, 6-4 loss, Williams walked away with the finalist trophy and $17,000 in fines but also with her head held high.
She felt the coaching warning was wrong, and made her thoughts clear to the chair umpire Carlos Ramos. Though the warning came in the second game of the second set, she was still upset at 4-3 down, eventually earning a game penalty for verbal abuse (a point penalty came when she broke her racquet in frustration).
The world has been torn over who was right and who was wrong, but Williams' only further statement has been this post.
The ITF released a statement supporting Ramos' actions for all three code violations, but the WTA produced this statement:
The WTA stated that all players should be treated the same and the standards of tolerance for expressing emotion should be equal, adding that that didn't happen in the women's final. They also said the coaching rule should be addressed and allowed.
Ramos will umpire the Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Croatia. Williams, meanwhile, closed her US Open fortnight with this quote.
"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark," Williams said. "I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman.
"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person."