Following a penalty handed out by the umpire for verbal abuse, Serena Williams lost the US Open Women’s Final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday, September 8th. Williams, 36, suffered the wrath of the chair umpire Carlos Ramos for “illegal coaching” from the player box while in the middle of the first set.
The tennis professional said to the umpire that she “doesn’t cheat to win,” and would rather lose than win dishonestly. The star, following the tennis match which she lost, accused him of being a “thief” as well as a “liar,” and asked him when he would apologize for his actions.
As the crowd booed at her, Williams didn’t back down, as she continued to ask for him to say sorry. During the question period at the trophy ceremony, Selena said she didn’t want to be rude, but wouldn’t answer any questions.
Williams said, “Osaka played well, this is her first Grand Slam.” The 20-year-old rising star, while fighting back tears, said: ” I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”
As fans of the legendary athlete know, Serena has run into problems with game authorities on a number of different occasions. Back in 2009, an official gave her a point penalty after she had an aggressive altercation with a lineswoman.
Before Saturday’s match, Serena played Magda Linette and also beat Carina Witthoft from Germany, before eventually playing against her sister, Venus, in the third round.
Later on, the star said she would continue to work hard because that’s what she has always done. According to Williams, life is just about working hard even when you’re done; the spice of life is dealing with the ebb and flow of life’s challenges, whether they’re positive or negative.
She and her Reddit co-founding boyfriend, Alexis Ohanian, had a baby last year. She bounced back after giving birth and has slowly been getting herself back to where she was before having a child.