Australian Newspaper Attempts To Defend Racist Serena Williams Cartoon

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During an appearance on Ellen, Osaka also explained how she remained composed while Williams flipped out on umpire Carlos Ramos, and how she feels as the reigning champ. She later said Ramos' treatment of her was sexist because male players have said worse things and not been punished the way she was.

'Personally, I am with you there.

The 23-time grand slam champion vehemently denied that accusation and, after smashing her racket having been broken in the second set, was docked a point by Ramos. "And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'". You're a thief too.

Six-time US Open victor Williams, was initially disgusted after receiving a coaching violation from the umpire during the first set. Williams's penalties carry a combined total of $17,000 in fines. This is not the first time she has been in trouble for her interactions with officials. She was disqualified from a semifinal match at the 2009 US Open for threatening a lineswoman. She did not stomp on her racket during the match as the cartoon portrayed.

Prior to disabling his account, his tweet of the cartoon had attracted more than 22,000 comments, majority critical.

An Australian newspaper has found itself at the centre of a race row over its cartoonist's depiction of Serena Williams and is doubling down on its support for the artist.

The cartoon was criticized for using racist and sexist tropes.

Furthermore, in embracing her new high profile, Osaka wants to serve as a role model for young Japanese children.

Karl continued, 'The moment we start trying to crack down on cartoonists is a slippery slope to a world that I just think is changed beyond recognition'.

"Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials".

Others would question why Knight gave Osaka a blonde ponytail.

"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", Osaka said.

Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to certain rules.