Who's To Blame for Serena Williams' controversial U.S. Open Loss?
Alex Myers discusses the crazy, contentious finish to the 2018 U.S. Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.
Released on 9/12/2018
So Serena Williams lost in the final of the US Open.
Bringing a potentially storybook finish to an abrupt end.
Emphasis on abrupt.
Trailing Naomi Osaka four to three
in the second set after dropping the first,
Serena was issued a third code violation
by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for verbal abuse.
The penalty, a full game, which suddenly put her opponent
just one game from winning the title.
Moments later, Osaka won her first Grand Slam
and the New York fans booed
like they were watching the Knicks play.
The whole situation was ugly, ridiculous,
and everyone from the chair ump to Serena,
to Serena's coach deserves blame.
The drama began with Serena being issued
a pretty rare code violation
for receiving coaching from her coach.
Hmm, if the coach can't coach, why is here even there?
Sounds pretty dumb.
But rules are rules.
And her coach admitted he was coaching her.
He also said everyone else does it.
So calling that particular violation
at that particular point in the year's
most watched match seems a bit much.
Anyway, a ticked off Serena got a second code violation
for smashing her racket after losing the next game.
That brought on a one point penalty.
Which was kind of worth it because she smashed
the hell out of that thing.
And that had to feel pretty good.
But she didn't stop there.
Serena called Ramos a liar and a thief for stealing a point
and got hit with strike three.
Prompting that one game penalty.
Technically, the chair ump did nothing wrong.
But again, that is one severe penalty
to give the sport's biggest name in the biggest spot.
It's like a superstar basketball player
getting that first technical
in game seven of the NBA finals.
No ref is going to actually give him T number two
to kick him out of the game.
Following the match, Serena, who was trying
to win her 24th major but her first since becoming a mom,
handled herself well.
Praising Osaka and pleading with the fans to stop booing.
She also made very valid points that there is
a double standard between how male
and female tennis players are officiated.
But at the risk of getting smashed like that poor racket,
Williams who has a history of run ins
with the officials at the US Open,
could've kept her cool
just a little better during the match.
And her coach could've been
a little less obvious about his coaching.
And the chair ump could've been a bit more lenient
with enforcing these rules.
And Serena probably would've lost the match anyway.
But I still love you Serena.
You're that goat, don't hurt me, please?