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Serena Williams argues with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka

USA tennis player Serena Williams argues with referee Brian Earley during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan.

Tennis star Serena Williams speaks at the Shop.org conference on Friday in Las Vegas.

"Female referees are very good but maybe females should referee female matches because they understand how a woman thinks", O'Sullivan said.

I agree that Serena Williams displayed unbecoming behaviour during the U.S. Open final. "So, I was really happy that she said that".

"In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire".

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the person told the Guardian. While I can't imagine this happening - she is too popular with tennis fans - it fits perfectly within a pattern of institutional retribution for any acts of female insubordination. She'll also be supported in her tennis activities, including being provided Nissan vehicles for her tour destinations. To put it another way: do men get flagged more because they actually behave a lot worse than women do on the court? The WTA defense surprised me.

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Controversy and turmoil has been roiling ever since Ramos gave Serena Williams a violation for receiving coaching during last Saturday's final defeat to Naomi Osaka. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match. Mr. Ramos had cited Ms. Williams for a code violation because her coach was allegedly giving her signals from the stand, a common practice in tennis.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. This is not fair.

Her "thief" accusation hurled at Ramos was nothing compared to what many of her white counterparts have said to him and other umpires in the past.

In a statement released by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Ramos was called "one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with".

When one remembers, among other things, Serena's outbursts in 2009 against Kim Clijsters, and in 2011 in the final against Samantha Stosur when she was losing, however, it appeared that her behaviour stems from a belief that she has a right to win, and that she can not - or should not - lose.

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