WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching


On the other hand, Naomi Osaka went on to become the first ever tennis player from Japan to lift a grand slam title as she defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the summit showdown at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

The 23-time grand slam champion was handed three code violations - for coaching, racquet abuse and verbal abuse - culminating in a game penalty late in her defeat.

Osaka has never been to Nemuro, but she is said to have expressed a desire to visit the place where her mother was born, although her grandfather commented, "She'll be busy and I guess it will be hard for her (to come soon)". Both Osaka and Williams reside in Florida.

The perspective from Japan on Monday: Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background.

Williams, who was under the impression the first violation had been rescinded, returned to Ramos to seek an apology for saying she had received coaching earlier.

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Particularly as this comes in a deeper context of Serena Williams career even with this particular open. It was then that Mr Francois came up with a plan to groom his daughters into champions.

"Time and again, Williams tried to crank up the volume and the intensity".

Ramos is one of the most experienced match officials in tennis. Mr Francois took down a sliding door - common in Japanese households - and positioned it in between two rooms to use as a makeshift tennis net, thus creating a "tennis court" for the girls at home.

Osaka remained composed throughout Williams' repeated on-court protests as she ended the 36-year-old's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

But just who is this 20-year-old? Are we not going to have coaching? "She wanted this moment, and she played like it". That's one of the main reasons why I chose him.' Asked about her next goal, a cautious Osaka said: 'Well, I'm going to Tokyo next, so hopefully to win the tournament there (smiling).

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She gave some of the same answers in a similar interview with Japan's NTV television. They got caught. Now she's crying sexism.

Meanwhile, Serena herself made sure that Osaka still enjoyed her well-deserved victory during the somewhat awkward post-match trophy ceremony. "Why is Naomi Osaka suddenly transformed into a white, blonde player?"

It seemed the argument was just what she needed - Serena finally broke Osaka to take a 3-1 lead. The Overwatch League is a professional tournament held for the video game Overwatch.

Male tennis pros James Blake and Andy Roddick called bull on the umpire Carlos Ramos who hit Williams with the hefty fines after a heated conversation in which he blamed her for cheating by getting coaching from the sidelines, Yahoo reports.

But after Saturday, she would be praised for a self-assured, gracious and tenacious on-court disposition, more so in the face of a storm raging around her. Her family moved to the United States when she was three, and she has dual Japanese and American citizenship.

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