Williams sparked a heated debate about sexism and racism in tennis after chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked her for a few questionable code violations during the U.S. Open women's tennis final on Saturday.
To the backdrop of all of this, The Telegraph have published an analysis of fines from all Grand Slam events since 1998, in order to ascertain whether female payers are treated more harshly than their male counterparts. "But other than that, if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is very, not very Japanese", Osaka said Wednesday.
The 23-time Grand Slam victor reacted angrily, insisting she hadn't seen Mourtagolou give advice, to which he later admitted.
Ms. Williams is an abuser of umpires and has never suffered the appropriate consequences for her actions because of her star status.
Osaka, 20, heard boos when she was receiving her trophy and in the moment thought they were directed at her for her win against fan-favorite Williams. Williams claimed Ramos' actions in NY were "sexist" but speaking to BBC Sport yesterday, US Open mixed-doubles champion Murray said: "I think that's a bit far-fetched". And for me to say "thief" and for him to take a game?
Her voice was still shaking, and even if no woman out there understands exactly what it feels like to be Serena Williams, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, we know that feeling of being penalized for standing up for ourselves.More news: A year later, Golovkin, Alvarez meet with bad intentions
"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings". She smashed her racket on the court out of frustration at losing a game, and needs to own that-just as her coach has admitted his mistake. It is inconceivable that while her coach admits to default, she is nonchalant. She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum.
Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam champion with the win.
My friends will tell you how we utterly hate it when a man interrupts a women making a point, only to make the same point the woman was trying to make, what is now called "mansplaining".
And so we arrive back at that platitudinous phrase: stick to sports. "More voices are needed to do the same". Williams chose not to stay silent in the face of what she, and many others, deemed to be unfair treatment.
When the rules of the game are set by archaic institutions and tangerine tyrants, sometimes all you can do is speak out and hope it will lead to change.