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Barbora Strycova blasts Serena Williams for U.S. Open final meltdown

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 14 Sep 2018
  • Strycova takes aim at Serena
  • The Czech wasn't happy with Serena's antics during the U.S. Open final
Serena Williams (Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA)

World No. 25 Barbora Strycova has slammed Serena Williams over her now infamous U.S. Open final meltdown, declaring the American’s attempt to justify her behaviour by pointing to sexism from umpire Carlos Ramos as the reason she was given three code violations as bulls***.

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Williams branded Ramos a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’ as she was given three code violations for coaching, smashing her racquet and verbal abuse during her U.S. Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, the last of which resulted in a game penalty and acted as the major catalyst for Williams to subsequently fire more shots at Ramos in her post-match press conference, saying the umpire’s decision to penalise her obvious indiscretions as “a sexist remark”.

The accusations from Williams have divided the tennis world over the last week and unfortunately completely overshadowed Osaka’s stunning maiden major triumph - and now Strycova has spoken out against the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Barbora Strycova (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
“This is a bulls***, for umpires being women or men doesn’t matter,” Strycova told Czech website Sport.CZ. “In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.
“Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world. He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit.
“Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams? I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing.”

Strycova was also surprised that statements from the WTA and U.S. Tennis Association directly after the incident didn’t condemn the 36-year-old’s actions.

“Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings,” she said.
“The WTA defence surprised me. Will rules change in Serena’s matches? If it’s like this, let me know.”

However, the ITF did back Ramos in a statement of their own.

“Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis,” the statement said.
“Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences.
“It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”

Williams was fined $US17,000 for her outburst.


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Barbora Strycova blasts Serena Williams for U.S. Open final meltdown

World No. 25 Barbora Strycova has slammed Serena Williams over her now infamous U.S. Open final meltdown, declaring the American’s attempt to justify her behaviour by pointing to sexism from umpire Carlos Ramos as the reason she was given three code violations as bulls***.

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