Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Australian cartoonist under fire for Serena sketch

Australian cartoonist under fire for Serena sketch

Fox News host Jesse Watters defended Serena Williams' actions in the US Open Finals, which she lost to Naomi Osaka in straight sets. Williams was docked a game Saturday and went on to lose the championship to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

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. You are the best player at the end of this event and because of the turn of events with the crowd and the booing and everything, it wasn't the way - that was the outcome I was referring to.

Ramos told the outlet that he was "sure of his performance." . He will be back to work as umpire on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.

Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty.

Williams' heated exchanges with an umpire at the tournament final this week have stirred the tennis world. It later started a larger debate about sexism in tennis. To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos.

Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the person told the Guardian. She and Mr. Ramos were, in effect, talking past each other.

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But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community.

Billie Jean King is a former world number one player who founded the WTA.

Alternatively, USTA head Katrina Adams said male players badger "the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens".

The Herald Sun, owned by a News Corp subsidiary, published a defense of its cartoonist on the home page of its website, quoting Knight as saying: "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race".

The incident has split the tennis community. Hai Do adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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