Osaka not saddened by Serena row in U.S. Open final

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"Serena Williams decides she's gonna blame sexism for the way she was treated and then the media applauds her?" Lynne Adams tweeted on Tuesday, "Serena Williams is a large black woman who had a complete meltdown, what is racist about this cartoon".

After her career-making win against Serena Williams in this year's US Open, Naomi Osaka has been thrust into the spotlight. "The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and wants to be strong woman".

Williams told the supervisor on court that she had received the penalty "because I'm a woman", suggesting a male player would not have been penalized for saying the same thing.

If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community.

The umpire at the centre of the Williams controversy insists he is fine - and says it is not possible to umpire a tennis match "a la carte". It confirmed that, under the Grand Slam rule book, all three violations he issued against Williams - following the three-step penalty process of warning-point-game - were correct. "They're thinking 'what if?'"

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Now, Golden State Warriors star Curry, who is friends with Williams and has shot commercials with her, saw no problem with the way the 23-time Grand Slam victor handled the situation.

The ugly incident reduced Osaka to tears, with NY fans launching into a continual chorus of boos after Williams demanded an apology from Ramos after he penalised her for being coached from the stands before branding him a "thief" for treating her differently to male players. Players get upset on court, players get code violations on court. Ramos warned her against receiving coaching early in the second set, which Williams protested.

However, the match was largely overshadowed by Williams' outbursts at umpire Carlos Ramos, during which she branded him a "thief" and a "liar", over code violations Ramos issued.

"I felt like he blew it", said King.

"It was really wonderful", Osaka said about playing against Williams.

At the press conference after the match, Williams said that the umpire's sanctions were an act of sexism, according to CNN.