John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'


William's message wasn't the only discussion that DeGeneres and Osaka talked about in the episode.

After the controversial match, Williams immediately embraced the young athlete once she noticed that Osaka pulled down her visor and started to cry while the loud boos echo in the stadium. Their match on Saturday was characterised by chaos, though, and some in the crowd in NY booed during the trophy ceremony. "For me to say "thief", and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she said, arguing that male athletes can and have said worse without receiving penalties.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

On the other side of the net, though, the 20-year-old Osaka kept her cool in her first Grand Slam final to win 6-2 6-4.

Naomi Osaka has been thrust into the media spotlight since she beat Serena Williams in straight sets at the US Open on Saturday, becoming Japan's first tennis player to win a Grand Slam title.

"At the end of the day, Serena could have handled it a little bit differently". Williams believed that Ramos "attacked her character", but she did the same to the official. Ramos issued another code violation, costing Williams the game. The third and final penalty came as Williams continued to castigate the umpire, saying, "You stole a point from me".

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Speaking on Wednesday, Osaka said she was unsure just why the crowd were booing at the time, but Williams had some kind words for the champion.

"I couldn't hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't".

Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Sept. 8, 2018.

Ramos spoke out for the first time about the fracas, telling the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that he was fine.

When Williams got in Ramos' face and told him, "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live", it is the greatest tennis player ever borderline-bullying an expendable official.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.