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

Transcript

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