Martina Navratilova criticizes Serena Williams’s behaviour in the US Open final
Martina Navratilova, the world champion in singles 18 times, criticized Serena Williams’s conduct during her US Open defeat on the New York Times on Monday and wrote that Williams was involved in ‘no-one should participate in court.’
Williams was cited three times by the club president Carlos Ramos during the second set of a 6-2 loss and 6-4 in front of Naomi Osaka in the singles final on Saturday. The first punishment, to get training signals, earned her a warning. The second penalty, to break the racket, cost a point. A third penalty, dressed by Ramos and naming him a thief, cost her a game.
Williams argued that Ramos would not have punished her badly if she was a man. Steve Simon, CEO of the WTA, said in a statement that the organization ‘believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance given to the emotions expressed by men for women … we do not think this was done [Saturday] night. ‘
However, Navratilova wrote that the focus on gender-based debate ‘misses this point.’
We could not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to escape,’ she said, adding: ‘There were several times when I was playing and I wanted to break my rackets into a thousand pieces.
Navratilova told New York correspondent Juliet Macur in a separate story, ‘If I did so at the tennis court, I expected to get everything that happened to Serena.’ ‘It had to end … with a warning point, but Serena just could not let her go.’
In her opening article, Navratilova said Williams was right when she claimed that ‘this is a big double standard for women when it comes to how to punish bad behaviour – not just tennis.’
However, she added: ‘I do not think it’s a good idea to apply a standard.’ If men can get away from him, women must also be able to do so. ‘Instead, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is: what is the correct way to behave towards our sport and respect for our opponents?’
Comments were Navratilova supported by a longtime broadcaster, announcer player, Mary Carrillo.
‘It’s at its best – often at its best – that I respect and admire,’ Carillo said in an interview with MSNBC on Monday. ‘… but at its worst, as it was on a [Saturday] night, it acted like a bully.’ ‘If you follow tennis at all, you know these rules, they do not violate the sanctity.’ ‘Many of these people are weighing and saying double standard, I say, you know what? This is not the hill you want to die in.’
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 30, 2018
Also on Monday, the International Tennis Federation supported Ramos, saying that ‘his decisions conform to the relevant rules’ and ‘confirmed by the US Open decision to charge Serena Williams for the three crimes.’
On Sunday, Brian Earley, the tournament’s winner, ruled for a total of $ 17,000: $ 10,000 due to ‘verbal abuse’ of Ramos, $ 4,000 for his warning of training and $ 3,000 to skip his host.
The ITF added that ‘Ramos has performed his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book, and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.’