So, what did you think of the women’s final at the US Open? Was Serena right or wrong in her vociferous complaints of how she was treated?
As a backdrop to the whole controversy, 20-year old Japanese-American Naomi Osaka was playing a wonderful match … and could have possibly won it without any of the subsequent events.
- Coaching Violation – Serena’s coach was caught coaching her and telling her to come forward to the net. She complained loudly to the chair umpire, “I never cheat.” But her coach admitted in a post match interview that he WAS coaching and “that everybody did it.” So, she lied.
- Code Violation – After a particular poor game, she smashed her racquet and got a code violation, which as #2 meant loss of point. She was “unaware” that those two actions were related and went back to complaining about the first violation for coaching/cheating.
- Code Violation #3 – Toward the end of the set (Osaka serving up a break at 4-3), Serena continued to berate the chair umpire and said “You stole a point from me. You are a thief!” He called her for a code violation, which was now loss of game.
Serena then called for the tournament referee to come out and complained loudly to him that she was penalized “because she was a woman” and men say worse things. The Referee upheld the penalties. To Serena’s credit (or Osaka’s disadvantage for having to wait around … like John McEnroe’s opponents used to have to) she held serve; but lost the next game and the match.
She was also very gracious to young Naomi after the match and on the podium.
I confess … I do not care for how Serena acts and was happy with the outcome – even though I don’t think the third penalty was really worth it.
So, what do YOU think … all is fair or was she robbed?
On a lighter note … During the US Open Mixed Doubles finals (won by America’s Bethany Mattick-Sands and Jaime Murray), TV commentator Renae Stubbs was discussing the fact that there are different tennis balls used for the men and women. And she said …
“One match, I had to play with the men’s balls; and the next day, boy was my arm tired!” 🙂
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