SERENA WILLIAMS failed to draw level with Margaret Court’s record 24 grand slam titles as she was beaten in straight sets by Naomi Osaka in the US Open final.
But the match was not without controversy as Serena was given a game penalty by umpire Carlos Ramos, who she said would not punish men in the same way.
Who is Carlos Ramos?
Carlos Ramos is a Portuguese tennis umpire who has officiated in many of the biggest games at grand slams.
A stickler for the rules, he has a history of getting on the wrong side of many of the sport’s legends, with Serena Williams being the latest.
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Why was Serena Williams given a game penalty by Ramos?
Serena Williams was given a game penalty due to notching up three code violations.
Williams was penalised first for receiving assistance from the stands through hand signals from coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
The second violation was due to the 23-time grand slam winner throwing her racket onto the ground and smashing it.
And matters reached a head when Serena approached the umpire to ask for an apology for implying she was a cheat by penalising her for receiving coaching.
But Mouratoglou admitted after the game that he had been coaching Williams, which is regarded as a violation whether or not the player saw the signals.
He told ESPN: “I’m honest, I was coaching. I don’t think she looked at me so that’s why she didn’t even think I was.”
Williams went on a tirade against the umpire, before finally receiving the game penalty for labelling him a “thief”.
She ranted at him: “For you to attack my character, something is wrong. It’s wrong. You attacking my character, yes you are.
“You owe me an apology. You will never ever ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are a liar.
“When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology.
“Say it. Say you’re sorry. [umpire inaudible] Then don’t talk to me, don’t talk to me.
“How dare you insinuate I was cheating.
“You stole a point from me, you’re a thief too.”
Serena Williams was then given a game penalty which moved her from 4-3 down to 5-3 down in the second set.
She called the tournament referee onto the court to protest but the penalty stood.