Australian cartoonist criticized over 'racist' Serena Williams sketch


Australian cartoonist criticized over 'racist' Serena Williams sketch

An Australian newspaper republished a controversial cartoon of American tennis great Serena Williams, defying widespread accusations it is racist.

All eyes had been on Ramos, who docked Williams a game for verbal abuse - having already given her a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching - in her US Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

"For me I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", said Osaka, who has climbed from 19th to seventh in the new world rankings.

"This is a bulls. And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman". "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

Serena Williams yells at umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match in New York City on September 8, 2018.

'So I don't see that and I think a lot of the anger has been exaggerated too in the debate'.

"The WTA defence surprised me. Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".

The Sport.CZ interview with 32-year-old Strycova who has been a professional since 2003 was followed widely in mainstream media and specialist tennis websites.

A report by The Times of London published on Tuesday cited an anonymous official saying that tennis umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams.

An anonymous source told The Times of London that there is a growing consensus among umpires that they were "not supported" by the U.S. Tennis Association on several occasions and that Ramos is being unfairly criticized. He did what he had to do in that match, because she overcame the limit.

She was then issued three code violations, which ultimately equaled $17,000 in fines.

Roger Federer was fined just $1,500 for a berating an umpire with an expletive during the 2009 U.S. Open, and Adams pointed out that the amount of fines is at the discretion of the administrator of the four Grand Slam events, not the USTA. "It's unusual because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".

The original cartoon depicts Williams stomping on her tennis racket, with a pacifier nearby, and the umpire asking her opponent, Naomi Osaka, "Can you just let her win?"

The Serena Williams US Open controversy rages on.

There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?