Naomi Osaka said on Thursday Serena Williams's row with the umpire during the US Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam, largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react.
"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that".
What's awesome to me is not that Ms. Williams was angry, but that she isn't angry more often, as she has every right to be.
Ramos was unperturbed, and Williams' rage continued: she was soon given a point penalty for smashing and making bits of her racket. He's never took a game from a man because they said thief. Her father, Leonard Francois, was inspired to get Naomi and her older sister Mari into tennis after watching the Williams sisters rise in the late 1990s. "Professional tennis players, sometimes, I think we lose sight of that".
This time an umpire finally had the courage to deal appropriately with her abusive behaviour, and we applaud Carlos Ramos for his strength in doing the right thing. (Makes you wonder; why do you need a coach if you can't get coached on the court?). I didn't get coaching... Like her sister, Venus denied she had cheated. [Nishikori] even threw the racket in the fourth set. For her to say she wouldn't have been penalised if she were a man misses the point.
For a prime example of this muddying of the Gatorade, look no further than Serena Williams. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me". It could be true, if you consider that male tennis players have done worse, including insulting the umpire, taking off their shirts and throwing tantrums. They think differently. And men don't really understand women.
Freedman was scathing of Williams' outburst, claiming the USA media was the only party that was sympathetic towards her and believed she had done nothing wrong.
"I saw how Serena was being treated, and then I thought about coming back to my locker one day as a player, and there was [a reporter] in my chair", said Aaron, who endured racist taunts and death threats as he marched toward Babe Ruth's record. Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right".
Does a double standard exist in Grand Slam officiating? When a woman is visibly angry and dares to show it, she having a "meltdown".