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Re: Serena Williams

The main reason they are annoyed is because they got a penalty because the umpire decided her coach was 'coaching' her during play which is not allowed. Every single coach since the beginning of time does this, so felt like they were just being made an example of. Should have just dropped it and moved on but she didn't. She let it get to her head, simple as that.

I can't see how anything in this situation is sexist, she messed up and got punished for it. Would have been the same if she was male. The biggest shame is that her opponent deserved to win and probably would have done regardless of what happened, which is a shame as her first slam win is overcast by controversy.
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Funny she had this rant after losing first set and being broken back in second set looking as if was likely to lose in 2. Coach admits coaching Serena, not an appropriate name there methinks.
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I think he behaviour was appalling and I think trying to claim sexism after the event to distract from that or in some way justify it is equally appalling.

The only point that perhaps has a bit of merit is whether its fair for a player to be punished for "coaching" if they have no control over whether their coach tries to "coach" them from the stands but even there the umpire was correct in terms of calling it out. Then she smashed her racket (fair punishment) and called the umpire a cheat and a thief which is completely out of order. Deserved the punishment she got and in fact deserves a large fine as well. If you said that to an official/umpire in any other sport you would definitely get a suspension.
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Re: Serena Williams

The coaching thing could easily be resolved by sending the coach out of the stands for the duration of the match, perhaps after a first warning.
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Re: Serena Williams

Reading that BBC article and the quotes from past and present female players it dismays me that they don;t seem to get it, especially Marion Bartolli saying its "unacceptable" because Williams didn't curse.

It is completely and utterly unacceptable for a player to call an umpire or referee a cheat and a thief like that. Them saying "she was a bit wrong but she's got a point" is doing nobody any favours. I'm sure the male players do not regularly say that sort of thing to umpires without sanction.
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Re: Serena Williams

The point is not necessarily what she did but if there's sexism in tennis.
If someone like Billie Jean King is coming out and saying it's good that Serena is drawing attention to it perhaps, as I insinuated earlier, there is something more bubbling under the surface.

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Utter rubbish to play the sexism card, Umpire is well within the rules and she was just throwing her toys out of the pram. My thoughts to the Japanese player who had her first moment of history ruined by Serena's selfish antics, I hope she gets more opportunities.
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 Rock The Boat wrote:
I read that Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete in the world. It is beyond belief that she should resort to playing the victim card. She was being beaten fairly and squarely and stole the Japanese girl's moment of victory.

Aye - she may have lost a step or two on the court, but her victim reflex is as fast as ever Indifferent [:|]

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<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/forums/pinkun-forums/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>BobLoz3 wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4">The point is not necessarily what she did but if there's sexism in tennis.<br>If someone like Billie Jean King is coming out and saying it's good that Serena is drawing attention to it perhaps, as I insinuated earlier, there is something more bubbling under the surface.<br></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

There may or may not be a valid dispute about whether sexism exists in tennis but using it to deflect from/excuse her awful behaviour devalues that cause. This had nothing to do with sexism, Serena has history of some pretty poor outbursts and of taking very unpleasantly to people /court staff she clearly does not feel are her equal.
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Not much to add other than I agree, there is almost certainly a level of sexism in tennis, but this wasn't an example of it, just as the French lass getting reprimanded for taking her top of wasn't. She changed her shirt at the back of the court, a male player would also get reprimanded for that as you are only allowed to change clothing on your seat or somewhere discrete with permission. Even she acknowledged this and said it wasn't in anyway sexist...
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Re: Serena Williams

I thought sexism was meant to be about equal opportunity not an excuse to have as bad disrespecting behaviour as worst behaving male players. The sexism was a cheap shot because she lost and got what she deserved. The male players should be dealt with as firmly as she got dealt with, but for me that doesn't make her correct to behave in the way she did. She could have set the standard of behaviour then after the game raised the point publicly, but she chose to try and intimidate the official, because she couldn't take losing.
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Re: Serena Williams

I think her gamesmanship in winding up the partisan crowd backfied on her, even after the end of the match they were still baying for blood. Coach should have been sent out of the arena, considering it was a showpiece match, a final warning for disent and then punished with loss of game if she continued.

Hope they look at the rule book at end of season and work out if it should be  zero tolerance for both sexes for all breaches of rules in the future. That should work.



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Re: Serena Williams

Look at the size of the lass. She ought to be in the ring with Anthony Joshua instead of giving that umpire grief.

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Re: Serena Williams

A poor loser just like Lewis Hamilton - all smiles when they win but throw the toys out and quick to blame others when it doesn't go their way
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Re: Serena Williams

I love the way she screams “ I’ve got a daughter !! “ like no other woman in the world has had a baby 😀
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