Osaka not saddened by Serena row in US Open final

Kristopher Nichols
September 17, 2018

Here's what the big-picture takeaway should be: Tennis needs a commissioner to oversee all aspects of the sport, someone to make sure there is consistency in the rules and the way they are applied.

Though marred by controversy, the first Japanese to lift a Grand Slam has not let the impact her and has been giving a number of interesting interviews, further broadening her fan base.

The problem, essentially, is that there are too many folks in charge and too many different sets of rules. In this area, women are nearly twice as likely as men to be censured.

Womens Single champion Naomi Osaka of Japan (L) with Serena Williams of the US during their Women's Singles Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY on September 8, 2018.

The 20-year-old who beat her childhood idol to become Japan's first-ever Grand Slam champion. In addition, Nissan will support her activities as a tennis player, including the provision of Nissan vehicles at her tour destinations.

The third violation - verbal abuse - came when she called the umpire a "thief". However, as soon as a player questions an umpire's integrity they are gone. The figures obtained by the Times show that men received 649 fines for breaking racquets to 99 for women in tens of thousands of matches in the four Grand Slams over the last two decades.

Then there's the coaching. Umpire Carlos Ramos believed Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou, watching from the stands, was giving her hand signals.

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How do we know?

The odd one out here is coaching. And it is extremely rare to see it called, particularly in a major final.

Which brings us to the umpiring.

Osaka earned your votes for the month of August after a sizzling two weeks in NY, where she became the first player, male or female, from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The experienced Portuguese official found himself at the centre of a storm after his officiating of the match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, which saw Williams accuse him of sexism after she was docked a game for receiving three code violations. "If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?"

From what I understand, this is fairly common practice, but still illegal, so the Umpire was well within his rights to call it.

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