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It was pure vapor release. She said it in a tone of wrath, but it was compressed and controlled. But he couldn't take it. He wasn't going to let a woman talk to him that way.
Ramos has put up with worse from a man. But he wasn't going to take it from a woman pointing a finger at him and speaking in a tone of aggression.
So he gave Williams that third violation for "verbal abuse," and a whole game penalty, and now it was , and we'll never know if young Osaka really won the US Open or had it handed to her by a man who was going to make Serena Williams feel his power.
Chris Evert spoke for the entire crowd and television audience when she said, "I've been in tennis a long time, and I've never seen anything like it".
Competitive rage has long been Williams' fuel, and it's a situational personality. The whole world knows that about her, and so does Ramos.
She's had instances where she ranted and deserved to be disciplined, but she's outlived all that. She has become a player of directed passion, done the admirable work of learning self-command and grown into one of the more courteous and generous champions in the game.
If you doubted that, all you had to do was watch how she got ahold of herself once the match was over and how hard she tried to make it about Osaka.
Williams understood that she was the only person in the stadium who had the power to make that incensed crowd stop booing.
And she did it beautifully. Sexist power play ruins powerful US Open final. The Sydney Morning Herald. Our weekly podcast giving you insight into the stories that drive the nation.
Williams' return was, however, difficult. Originally intending to return for the Australian Open ,  complications from her pregnancy caused her to miss the tournament, leaving her unable to defend her title from the previous year , and delay her return until the Indian Wells Masters that February,  where she lost to older sister Venus in the third round.
In the Miami Open two weeks later, Williams would face Osaka for the first time, and only time until their US Open match, in the first round, where Osaka upset Williams in straight sets - Williams' earliest ever exit from the Miami Open in her career.
Williams' first Grand Slam campaign since her return at the French Open ended disappointingly, as she withdrew before her fourth round match against Maria Sharapova.
However, her Wimbledon campaign the following month was more successful, reaching the final. Despite losing to Angelique Kerber in straight sets, her feat of reaching the final in the first place was seen as both a return to form—Sonia Oxley of BBC Sport quipping that "she still has the stamina, spirit and shots to carry on collecting Grand Slam titles", and men's singles champion Andy Murray noting that "It is tough to bet against her now she's got this far"  —and a reinforcement of her status as an icon of motherhood and women's empowerment.
Osaka was relatively unknown, beginning the year ranked No. She had, however, made a break at the US Open , upsetting defending champion Angelique Kerber in the first round, 6—3, 6—1.
She improved upon her Grand Slam record at the Australian Open , advancing to the fourth round where she lost to world No.
Following her Australian Open campaign, Osaka earned the biggest win of her career at Indian Wells , during which she defeated former World No.
Subsequently, she entered the French Open seeded 21st, the first Grand Slam tournament in which she was seeded in the main draw.
By mid-August , Osaka attained the highest ranking yet of her career at World No. Osaka qualified for the final having only dropped one set during the entire tournament in the fourth round against Aryna Sabalenka , and by beating Keys in the semi-final 6—2, 6—4, a match during which she saved all 13 break points she faced.
Osaka was the first player from Japan to contest a Grand Slam women's singles final the second Japanese able-bodied player overall after Kei Nishikori at the US Open , and fourth player overall after Nishikori, Yui Kamiji and Shingo Kunieda , and was attempting to become the first able-bodied Japanese player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Osaka's personal admiration for Williams as a primary inspiration for her tennis career was a focal point of the media's interest in her rise.
Now I'm just waiting to play Serena. The match began at 4: Carlos Ramos of Portugal was the chair umpire for the match.
The first set passed by without any major incident, with Osaka breaking twice en route to winning it 6—2. With Williams leading the second set, 1—0, , chair umpire Ramos gave Williams an official warning for alleged coaching, a code violation under International Tennis Federation rules.
Television replays showed her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou , gesturing to Serena with his hands and nodding, apparently signalling her to move forward towards the net.
In response, Williams approached Ramos and told him, "If he's giving me a thumbs up, he's telling me to come on. We don't have any code, and I know you don't know that, and I understand why you thought that was coaching but I'm telling you it's not.
I don't cheat to win. I'm just letting you know. During the following court change, leading , Williams brought up the matter again with Ramos, saying "it's not something I would do but I could understand why you may have thought that but just know I've never cheated.
After breaking Osaka's serve for the first time in the match, Williams was serving at 3—1, at , however double faulted two points in a row to bring up break point, Osaka broke back Williams' serve on the next point to bring the set back on serve, 3—2, as Williams hit the ball into the net on a backhand unforced error, turned to her box in frustration saying according to on-court commentator Luke Jensen "I can't get over the top of the ball", and smashed her racquet on the court.
Ramos issued her a second code violation, this time for racquet abuse. As her second violation, she was penalised a point, and thus the next game started to Osaka's advantage.
Upon hearing of this, Williams raised the issue of her first code violation again with Ramos, insisting "this is unbelievable. Every time I play here I have problems.
At the following change of ends, Williams continued to furiously berate Ramos, accusing him of attacking her character by insinuating that she cheated via being coached.
She continued to demand an apology from Ramos, asserting to him that "you will never, ever, ever, be on another court of mine as long as you live.
Ramos judged this to be a further code violation for verbal abuse; as the third code violation of the match against Williams, Osaka was awarded the next game by default, bringing the score to 5—3 and Osaka one game away from victory.
Following this exchange, Williams held her serve to love at 5—4 , and continued to remonstrate with Kelso after the game.
Osaka, however, held serve in the following game to win the set 6—4 and the match. Upon defeat, Williams embraced Osaka, but refused to shake Ramos' hand as per game etiquette, instead pointing at him and reasserting, "You owe me an apology.
Ramos was not present to receive his token of appreciation as is normally the case in Grand Slam finals, and Osaka hid her face under her visor and wept as Williams consoled her.
Upon accepting her runner-up plate, Williams, also in tears, attempted to stay positive and encourage the crowd by congratulating Osaka and pleading the crowd not to boo anymore, after which the crowd began to cheer.
Upon receiving the trophy, Rinaldi asked Osaka for her thoughts on playing and defeating her idol. Osaka, still in tears, deferred from his question to address the crowd, saying, "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this," before acknowledging her family, team, and Williams.
She alluded to her actions being part of her role to stand up for women's rights and equality, and vowed to continue, a statement which drew both isolated applause and murmurs from the attendees.
WTA chief executive, Steve Simon . The on-court incidents of the second set polarised opinions among current and retired tennis players worldwide.
Chris Evert whose Open Era record of 6 US Open women's singles titles Williams would have broken had Williams won , while commentating the match for ESPN , claimed that while first and second code violations were common for similar incidents, it was unprecedented to issue a third code violation and therefore game penalty for verbal abuse.
Immediately following the match, interviewed while still in the player's box, Mouratoglou admitted to coaching Williams, but doubted whether Williams saw his gestures.
When a man does the same, he's 'outspoken' and there are no repercussions. Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard.
More voices are needed to do the same.