Seething Serena Williams accuses tennis of sexism after US Open controversy

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Serena Williams rages at referee

Serena Williams has accused the tennis authorities of sexism after a spate of code-violations contributed to her US Open final defeat.

Williams received three code-violations in the second set of Naomi Osaka’s 6-2 6-4 win, for receiving coaching, smashing her racket, and insulting the chair umpire.

The last of those carried a game-penalty which allowed Osaka to successfuly serve for the match, and Williams was taking absolutely no prisoners after the match.

“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality,” said the 36-year-old.

“For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

“He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.”


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