Australia paper defends Serena Williams cartoon despite outrage

Grant SmithSep 15, 2018

Williams, 36, received a game penalty after she lashed out at chair umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief", after previous code violations for coaching and then smashing her racquet.

Underneath the headline "Welcome to PC world", the newspaper wrote: "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very boring indeed".

After Serena Williams lost in the final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, all anyone could talk about was Williams' altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos that led to her being fined $17,000.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said Ramos' decision to dock her was sexist, noting that male players who lose their tempers on court are not always penalized as harshly.

Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried from far and wide, including by a member of the US Congress and a large portion of the 22 000 people who commented on his Twitter post showing the drawing.

In becoming her country's first ever Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.

"But to focus on that, I think, is missing the point".

In the US Open 2018 final between Serena and eventual victor Naomi Osaka, the 23-time Grand Slam champion had a massive meltdown after she had lost the first set of the match and was given a warning for coaching violation.

The Melbourne newspaper that mocked tennis player Serena Williams can't just let her win.

During the altercation and again after the match, Williams suggested that sexism was part of the reason why she was punished so severely, although Strycova told Czech website Sport.cz that she doesn't agree.

"I think the umpire, he did what was within his rights".

World No. 25 Barbora Strycova has now said the blowup was motivated purely by Williams' desperate situation as she could see the match slipping away.

"You are a liar", Williams said, while pointing her finger.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

"I have been asked about women's equality and I would find it hard to look any of the top female tennis players in the eye if I did not speak my mind", he wrote.

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