Barbora Strycova Rips Serena Williams for Overstepping, Says It's 'Bulls--t'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Barbora Strycova was not a fan of Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open final.

Williams was involved in multiple confrontations with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in last Saturday's match, which she lost to Naomi Osaka in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The 23-time Grand Slam champion made it clear she believed Ramos had been sexist.

Strycova isn't buying that, per Czech website Sport.CZ (h/t Andrew Hendrie of Live Tennis):

"This is a bulls--t, for umpires being women or men doesn't matter. In comparison, I never saw [Rafael] Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world. He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit.

"Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams? I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing."

Williams was called for three violations during the final: for allegedly receiving coaching from the stands, for smashing her racket and for calling Ramos a "thief," which cost her a game.

Williams noted to a referee that men have gotten away with more without receiving penalties and later addressed the topic of sexism during her post-match press conference:

The Women's Tennis Association issued a statement in support of Serena.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night," chief executive Steve Simon said.    

Strycova, the 25th-ranked player in the world, said she was surprised by the WTA's support of Serena.

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