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Serena said she was proud of me - Osaka

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Eugene Bates | 13 September, 2018, 13:51

The game's top umpires are considering forming a union because they believe Carlos Ramos was "hung out to dry" by the authorities during and after the US Open women's final despite upholding the rules in sanctioning Serena Williams.

Ings insisted that the "Umpires are just upset".

Osaka's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000. "I was lucky enough to play against her before, but in the finals of a Grand Slam, it feels way more special".

Nonetheless, Ramos faced a lot of flak from top players, including US Open men's singles champion Novak Djokovic, who insisted that the chair umpire's decisions changed the course of the match.

In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London. She was deducted a game when she repeatedly demanded an apology from Ramos, eventually calling him a "thief", pushing her second set deficit to 5-3.

It took two days for the International Tennis Federation to stick up for Ramos, saying he acted with "integrity".

Billie Jean King and Serena Williams in 2014.

But for now Osaka is itching to do normal stuff - like catch up with big sister Mari, who is also a professional tennis player, go shopping and eat her favourite matcha ice cream.

Umpire Carlos Ramos has made his first public statement since his disputed calls at the U.S. Open final Saturday.

Williams denied receiving coaching from the stands in a press conference after the final and accused the umpire of treating her differently because she's a woman; Shilstone agreed, saying he thought the umpire "has a problem with a woman talking back to him".

She also admitted the toll that competitive sports have on your mental health.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said.

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

USTA president said Williams showed "a great deal of class and sportsmanship", without referencing the feud with the umpire.

The anonymous source believes they have not been supported by the USTA on multiple occasions, adding that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it". "But umpiring a la carte is something that does not exist".

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