Tennis star Serena Williams has again called out the unfair double standard in the game she has loved all her life. 

Naomi Osaka, a talented 20-year-old player representing Japan, defeated Williams in the U.S. Open. However, Osaka's win has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Williams has been fined $17,000 for three separate code violations stemming from the incident, according to The Associated Press.

Coming out of her $1.85 million prize money, the tennis star will be docked $10,000 for “verbal abuse” (“a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive,” as defined under Article III, Section P), $4,000 for coaching she allegedly received from the stands by Patrick Mouratoglou. For breaking her racket out of frustration, she was fined an additional $3,000.

“I didn’t get coaching,” Williams told Ramos in a heated exchange during the match. “I don’t cheat! I didn’t get coaching. How can you say that? You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life!”

Fox News reports Williams lost the match and received her third penalty when she called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.  

The 23-time Grand Slam winner accused Ramos of sexism because she believed a male player would never be treated the way she has. Osaka played her heart out and earned her first Grand Slam in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Williams, but the controversy remains.

Fans felt the 36-year-old player was robbed and cheated out of a fair chance to beat her young opponent. 


Critics have pointed out every player has received coaching during the course of a game. 

Others couldn't help but mention the racial dynamics at play and how Williams has been treated during her career.


Williams is tired of the double standard and being a target, and so are we.

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