Serena Williams was unfairly targeted by the umpire in her women’s U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka, argues Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post. While some of her behavior did warrant punishment, the referee, Carlos Ramos, went overboard with his final punishment. Williams gestured at him angrily and called him a thief for docking her a vital point (video of the event). He should have kept his cool and let the game play out. When Raphael Nadal told him he’d ensure that Ramos would never referee again, no such punishment occurred. Williams was targeted because such behavior stood out coming from a woman. The referee should have ignored her ranting.
While Serena Williams is right about sexism in tennis, she was in the wrong during her women’s U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka, infers Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian. Her argument, that men get away with similar behavior, is not good enough. While it is true that certain superstar athletes have managed to avoid proper punishment, many male tennis players have been penalized for acting this way. The umpire, Carlos Ramos, was correct in this case. She received signals from her coach, which he admitted to. She smashed her tennis racket. And then she called him a “thief.” (video of the event) Williams deserved her punishment and is wrong to blame sexism.