She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum.
Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas. "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she told reporters on Saturday.
The potential stance comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) supported the athlete following her claims of sexism against chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the final.
"In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire".
It remains to be seen whether Serena will face any further ramifications for her behaviour, after being fined $17,000 in the wake of the incident. She commented, "Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings".
Beyond her unprecedented success in tennis, Serena has also come out strongly as a women's rights activist. Jimmy Connors famously called one official an "abortion". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court. It did not make global headlines.
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"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday. It later started a larger debate about sexism in tennis.
Clearly, the stinging criticism from Christianson and threats of boycott seem to suggest this row is not going away any time soon.
She lost her temper, and while the reasons behind that might have been building for months, years or generations, that's really beside the point. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. After becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles championship, media reports are calling her a new heroine for Japan.
"There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces", Navratilova wrote.
If the world is afraid of women loudly seeking justice, it is doubly afraid when black women do so. "But we have no doubt that Carlos was just enforcing the rules as he sees them".
"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the auto company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters.