During the US Open 2018 final, Tennis star, Serena Williams accused the tennis world of having two sets of rules – one for women and another for men.

She could be blamed for her behavior after a swift 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka, who became the tournament's first female Japanese champion. However, the point which she raised is not irrelevant and must need closer scrutiny.

Uncomfortable questions

It happened with the French tennis player Alizé Cornet during her 10 minutes break by mistake changed the top on back-to-front correctly and all hell broke loose. She was penalized for indecent exposure which was later withdrawn along with an apology but only after a huge public outcry.

Different parameters

Williams’s outburst cannot be overlooked, but the point she was trying to make of stark contrast in judging male and female players is not wrong. Women players are supposed to be shy and humble while male players often indulge in vagaries which are promptly dismissed as a mere explosion of libido.

Williams is not a learner and has 23 Grand Slam singles under her belt and has faced infinite highs and lows to be agitated by her loss at the hands of a newcomer.

Williams was reprimanded continuously throughout the match. The first violation happened from umpire Carlos who contended that Serena received coaching earlier in the set and Williams retorted that she would rather lose than cheat. She even asked for an apology.

A second breach followed when she smashed her racquet and yelled at the ground referee who served her with the first notice.

Unfazed Serena accused the Umpire of attacking her reputation and swore he would never feature in any of her matches.

Her third violation served for calling the Umpire a thief led to an automatic loss of the game. Serena continued to argue, even after the third violation and blamed the umpire for stealing one point. The game was spontaneously awarded to Osaka citing a “verbal abuse call” against Serena.

Williams was fined £13,000 for her outburst against the umpires. She later justified herself claiming she was fighting for women's rights.

The referee Ramos also defended his actions and was quoted by ESPN as saying, "I am good, under the circumstances."

He also revealed that he was avoiding roaming on the streets of New York to avoid any untoward situation.

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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