VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The body that governs women’s tennis is backing up Serena Williams after claims of sexism during the US Open final in Flushing Meadows over the weekend.
“You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life,” exclaimed the former top-ranked player in the world, clashing with the umpire.
“Because I’m a woman, you’re going to take this away from me? That is not right,” she said.
Williams was given a warning for coaching, then docked a point for smashing a racket before being penalized a game by umpire Carlos Ramos after she called him a “liar” and a “thief.” She eventually lost the final.
Williams has been fined $17,000 for the three code violations.
Many people are calling the situation a double standard, arguing men consistently get away with showing more emotion on the court than women.
Both Williams and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) believe men get more leeway.
Sportsnet 650’s James Cybulski says there could be something to the argument. “I was watching Jimmy Connors from 1991, screaming at an official when he was 39. He called the official ‘an abortion’…was not penalized on the play.”
The WTA says in a statement the event “brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches.”
“The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done.”