Serena Williams gains support of WTA and USTA chiefs after umpire row

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  • WTA’s Steve Simon: double standards applied by Carlos Ramos
  • USTA president hails Williams’s ‘class’ and ‘sportsmanship’

The Women’s Tennis Association has backed up Serena Williams’ claims of sexism regarding the way she was treated by umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final.

Williams was given a warning for coaching, then docked a point for smashing a racket before being penalised a game by Ramos after she called him a “liar” and a “thief”. That left the 23-times grand slam singles champion one game from defeat and in tears, with Naomi Osaka clinching her first slam title shortly afterwards.

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