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Did Serena lose because of sexism or bad behavior?

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The 2018 US Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The match will long be remembered for a series of confrontations between Williams and Carlos Ramos, the match’s chair umpire, who issued three penalties against Williams in the second set, after Osaka had established her dominance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/sports/serena-williams-vs-naomi-osaka-us-open.html
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The first penalty was a warning after Ramos felt Williams was receiving instructions from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, from the stands, which is against the rules. Williams was offended by the implication that she was cheating, and she demanded an apology. Later, after losing a game, she smashed her racket on the court, incurring a second penalty and the loss of a point. Finally, after she called Ramos a “thief” for taking the point from her, Ramos cited Williams a third time, resulting in the loss of a game.
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Was the umpire calling the wrong penalties or was Serena Williams' behavior wrong? Was it sexism or her behavior that caused her loss?
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That was just bad behavior. I expected more from here. She's a seasoned athlete and seeing the way she acted was a huge turn-off for me.
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The umpire has had several issues in the past with sexism. It's just unfair that a strong player like her had to lose because of that.
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Everyone is placing a point of view, in relation to who is right and who is wrong. Bottom-line, we all have emotional outbursts. It’s a given…it’s a reaction to when we feel something is taken from us, forcefully.
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Her sportsmanship should have been the bigger player here. She being an experienced branded athlete, she should have managed her emotions and her reactions much better.
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Her sportsmanship should have been the bigger player here. She being an experienced branded athlete, she should have managed her emotions and her reactions much better.
This would have been the smart thing to do.
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Coaching needs to introduce emotional management and reactions. Respect for your umpires and the officials. No one is bigger than their opponent or bigger than the game. If you are outpaced, outmaneuvered and outplayed on a given day, don’t find excuses to justify your behaviour.
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Serena’s coach admitted to coaching her from the stands. Nadal was fined for it in 2010. Male and female player has been penalized for the same offense.
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I see no sexism whatsoever. Had it been a different umpire, Serena might not have been penalized at all. But Carlos Ramos has a history of being very strict and has penalized players like Venus Williams, Andy Murray, Djokovic and Nadal before
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Serena smashed her racket after losing a point against Osaka. That was uncalled for. She knows better that it's against the rules.
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Verbally abusing the umpire is asking for trouble. Every athlete knows that so she shouldn't go around blaming other people for her crass behavior.
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No sympathy for her unsportsmanship behaviour.
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The biggest moment in Naomi's career, and she wasn't even able to enjoy it or feel proud about her achievement.
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