Ex-umpire: US Open umpire Carlos Ramos 'thrown under bus'

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As Osaka received her trophy after beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the women's singles final, the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium actually started booing.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.

Strycova stands as one of the first players on the circuit to publicly criticise Williams for her behaviour at flushing meadows, and the Czech also threw her support behind Ramos who she believes acted out of necessity. Will rules change in Serena's matches?

'I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too, ' she said.

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Williams' claims of sexism were backed by the governing body of women's tennis, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), whose chief executive said the umpire had shown the 36-year-old a different level of tolerance than if she had been a man.

The American was given three code violations for: on-court coaching, smashing her racket and verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, all of which resulted in her receiving a $17,000 (£13,000) fine. I have never cheated in my life!

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.

But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time.

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That anger would later cost her the game, and ultimately the match - although Osaka was clearly the better player on the night and would've probably taken out the match regardless. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". And for me to say "thief" and for him to take a game?

Adams noted that Ramos was "following the code", but added that a "soft" warning for coaching could have averted the blowup over something that happens frequently on the men's and women's sides. "I think it's a matter of having a conversation with the two guys and saying let's cut it out, let's slow it down, and then perhaps not understanding how they can have the same conversation with the females".

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

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