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Was the decision on Serena Williams’s actions in the 2018 US Open just or sexist?

Anyone who’s ever watched a professional tennis match knows that tensions run high as the game comes to a close. With players exerting more energy on the court, it’s not surprising that many of them show signs of stress and frustration. And during the US Open finals between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, the pressure reached a staggering level – an occurrence that was not caused by the intense game between the two players.  

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Last September 9, backlash from the US Open came after officials penalized 23-time tennis grand slam winner Serena Williams with a 17,000 USD for her actions during the match.

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, Williams was fined 4,000 USD for a coaching warning, 3,000 USD for smashing her racket on the tennis court floor, and 10,000 USD for “verbal abuse” against umpire Carlos Ramos.

This penalty has since caused a stir among athletes, reporters, and tennis enthusiasts alike, as it was suggested to be an act of sexism.

Many online users said that Williams was treated unfairly since many male athletes in their field did not reportedly experience the same sanctions as the American tennis player.

Here’s what they had to say about it:

Even retired tennis player, Andy Roddick chimed in and expressed his take on the issue.

The situation later escalated when an Australian newspaper released a caricature of Williams throwing a fit during the US Open match.

Photo Credit: Twitter.com/Slate

Though many were outraged with the cartoon, a number of individuals agreed with the message of the illustration and stated that Williams’s attitude in the tennis court was deplorable.

Whether you’re on #TeamSerena or not, one thing’s for sure, these two women played one heck of a game during the 2018 US Open Finals and we can’t congratulate Naomi Osaka enough for winning the prestigious competition!


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