WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching

39;It was one of the best officiating jobs that I've seen in years.,' says Ings

Tamaki Osaka, mother of Naomi Osaka, cheers after her daughter's women's singles semi-final match victory against Madison Keys of the US at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, on Sept 6, 2018.

During Williams' 6-2 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women's singles final, the 36-year-old tennis star was involved in a heated on-court argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, which was kickstarted by a warning from Ramos for a coaching violation.

She demanded Ramos apologise for handing her a coaching violation and later called the umpire a "thief" for giving her a point penalty.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women", Simon said in a statement.

After Serena Williams argued she was the victim of sexism in the US Open final, WTA chief executive Steve Simon backed the star's claim that a male player would have been treated differently.

Williams lost her cool and verbally abused the umpire, calling him a "liar" and a "thief".

This includes $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for slamming her racket and $10,000 for the supposed "verbal abuse".

"I feel for Osaka who should have been able to celebrate her first GS [sic] win without the negativity and drama".

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said. "It was a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well".

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"For me, it blows my mind", Williams said.

Novak Djokovic was asked about Williams' outbursts after he won a third men's US Open title on Sunday by beating Juan Martin del Potro. But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [rights].

Those views were shared by BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, who said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

The 2.4 overnight rating was up 32% from previous year (1.9), when the Women's final featured two American players, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and 79% higher than 2016 (1.4 for Angelique Kerber vs. Karolina Pliskova).

The six-times U.S. Open champion, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each during the match. "She is at the forefront of the next generation in women's tennis, someone possessing quite a mixture of powerful serve and strokes, enviable court speed and a preternatural calm".

Appearing on ESPN, Adams also claimed there are double standards in terms of how umpires treat women and men.

Despite Serena's behavior during the match which drew flak from critics, Naomi assures nothing has changed.

"It's hard to generalise things". The point penalty was followed by a game penalty, after Williams confronted Ramos, and labelled him a "thief".

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