Czech Tennis Star Calls Serena Willams' U.S. Open Meltdown 'Bulls***'

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

The male players were also fined 287 times for unsportsmanlike conduct as compared to 67 for female players.

Barbora Strycova, who is ranked #25 in the world, spoke with Czech website Sport.CZ about Williams claiming both during and after the match that chair umpire Carlos Ramos had displayed sexism when he hit her with three code violations leading to a game penalty.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday. "That is not right".

Strycova admitted she found it odd when the WTA Tour and U.S. Tennis Association came out with their support of Williams.

"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", she said.

The 36-year-old then began ranting at umpire Carols Ramos and stormed over to his chair shouting: "I don't cheat to win!"

She has not only excelled professionally, but her personal life is equally thriving having recently married a tech billionaire - an attractive white young man - with whom they are blessed with an adorable daughter.

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It is true that Serena's coach was trying to signal her but Serena was in fact looking at the other side of the court and did not notice. You are the liar. I'll tell you that right now.

The incident led to scores of Williams' supporters coming to her defence but also to widespread criticism, especially on social media, of the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

However, Murray said he disagreed that umpires were more lenient towards men than women.

Those figures, obtained by The New York Times, show that from 1998 to 2018 at the four Grand Slam events, men have been fined for misbehavior with much more frequency than women with one significant exception: coaching violations. For former US Open champion Billie Jean-King there is little doubt where the blame lay. In 2009, Williams refused to apologize after threatening to shove a ball down a lineswoman's throat in an expletive-laden outburst.

What's fantastic to me is not that Ms. Williams was angry, but that she isn't angry more often, as she has every right to be.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the vehicle company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters.

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