Monday 19 November 2018

Comment: Furore around 'rule-breaking Serena' fails to consider journey she has been through

 

Serena Williams shouts at umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open women’s final against Naomi Osaka. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS
Serena Williams shouts at umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open women’s final against Naomi Osaka. Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

Jonathan Liew

Was it wrong to be entertained? "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live."

Perhaps even… a little thrilled? "You are the liar. You owe me an apology."

To feel all of the following competing sensations: solidarity with the bold and brilliant Naomi Osaka as she stood on the cusp of her first Grand Slam title; sympathy with umpire Carlos Ramos as he cowered in the eye of the storm; compassion for Serena Williams as her dreams of a marvellous homecoming evaporated before her eyes; and affinity with the Flushing Meadows crowd in New York as a wonderful final turned sour. "You're a thief, too. You stole a point from me."

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