Jamie Murray: Serena US Open sexism claims far-fetched

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"He said he made a motion. It was never a financially motivated decision nor were we ever swayed either way by any national federation".

Sports equipment maker Yonex Co. saw a surge in orders from sporting goods stores for a racket model similar to the one used by Osaka, shortly after she reached this year's U.S. Open final.

Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother who was raised in the United States, apologised to Williams for dashing her hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles crown before nearly dropping the trophy.

She pointed to the code violation handed to Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court earlier in the tournament as evidence of double standards within tennis.

The Portuguese umpire penalised Serena Williams three times during her loss to Naomi Osaka, ultimately awarding the Japanese player a game after Williams called Ramos a "thief".

The move comes days after Osaka won her first Grand Slam championship, beating renowned tennis champion Serena Williams.

While Naomi's second, decisive two-set victory against her idol at the 2018 US Open proved that her first win was not a fluke, it was overshadowed by a dispute between Serena and umpire Carlos Ramos. This included $10,000 for "verbal abuse" toward Ramos, $4,000 for the coaching warning and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

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The six-time U.S. Open champion, who has since been fined $17,000 - to be deducted from her $1.83 million prize - by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each during the match. "I have NEVER cheated in my life, I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have NEVER cheated".

"For me I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", said Osaka, who has climbed from 19th to seventh in the new world rankings.

Williams sits on the board of advisers to Oath, HuffPost's parent company.

"I couldn't really pinpoint it at the time, I just felt very overwhelmed".

Strycova, ranked 25th in the world by the WTA, said she believes the tantrum resulted from Williams' realization that the match was slipping away.

"I think that's a bit far-fetched", the Briton, who is the older brother of former world number one Andy Murray, told BBC Sport. "She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me".

"Coaching is common, a lot of people are doing it, some people aren't getting called for it".

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