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Ramos, however, could have prevented the affair had he communicated better and given Williams a "soft warning" instead of a code violation when he saw her coach Patrick Mouratoglou giving signals during the match, King said.

He responded to the criticism by pointing out he had drawn an unflattering portrayal of Australian male tennis star Nick Kyrgios "behaving badly".

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light. "It had nothing to do with gender or race. this was about a bad sport being mocked". A teary-eyed Osaka addressed the crowd, saying (via ESPN), "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals".

Osaka revealed on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show this week that she doesn't actually own a vehicle.

Despite being in tears on Saturday while receiving the trophy inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY - after Williams' outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" - Osaka said she holds no ill-feelings about what happened. However, she will now also be provided with Nissan vehicles at her tennis tour destinations. "People often underestimate the amount of work that it takes to become a top tennis player".

Strycova also claimed that Williams, along with sister Venus, regularly got on-court coaching which was at the root of the violations in the US Open final.

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King's remarks to CNN were something of a walk back of her earlier comments when she said in a Washington Post editorial that Williams had faced down sexism with her protests.

"You are a liar", Williams said, while pointing her finger.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism during the US Open final in NY, branding him a "thief" and a "liar" after he issued her with a series of code violations. She then had a heated argument with Ramos, which cost her a game.

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism". Calling him a "thief" reportedly earned her a full game penalty.

"I feel like maybe they won't be around for much longer so having the chance to see them live and being born in the same time zone as them is really great. If, in fact, the guys are treated with a different measuring stick for the same transgressions, this needs to be thoroughly examined and must be fixed".

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