Serena Williams lost the US open yesterday, after losing several points for illegally communicating with her coach, and breaking her racket. Although she seemed upset with the ref, she calmly walked up to him and told him, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose.”
Williams ended up losing to player Naomi Osaka. The crowd didn’t seem too happy with Williams’ loss, but Serena is a class act, who told the audience to stop booing and celebrate Osaka’s win.
The Huffington Post reports:
During the match, umpire Carlos Ramos issued several violations against Williams. In the first violation, Ramos accused Williams of receiving coaching from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who was in the stands. Mouratoglou had apparently motioned for Williams to go to the net more often.
The second violation was issued after Williams broke her tennis racket in frustration, which led to a point penalty. Ramos issued a third violation, which included a game penalty, after Williams confronted him and called him a “thief.”
“You stole a point from me,” she said. “You’re a thief.”
After Ramos issued the first coaching violation, Williams approached the umpire chair and calmly defended herself.
“I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose,” Williams told Ramos. “I’m just letting you know.”
When she received a point reduction for breaking her racket, she confronted Ramos again.
“You owe me an apology,” she told the referee. “I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right for her. I’ve never cheated, and you owe me an apology. You will never do another one of my matches.”
Later, speaking to referee Brian Earley and Women’s Tennis Association official Donna Kelso, Williams said the violations Ramos issued against her don’t happen to male players.
“There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they’re a man, that doesn’t happen to them,” she told the officials.
Osaka, 20, beat Williams 6-2, 6-4 following Williams’ third code violation.
Williams argued the point that male tennis stars have said much worse things to umpires and not been penalized for it.