Serena said she was proud of me - Osaka

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She'll also be supported in her tennis activities, including being provided Nissan vehicles for her tour destinations. "So, I was really happy that she said that". It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn't asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in NY during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show. It is inconceivable that while her coach admits to default, she is nonchalant. Since she had already received a warning, this was her second offense and she lost a point.

Of course, Ms. Williams was right; she was being unfairly penalized by a sport that is ridiculously old-fashioned, sexist and overwhelmingly white.

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"You're told to just turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", she said.

Many argue that Serena's frustrations were validated in that Ramos' penalties would not have been given to male players in similar circumstances. Naomi Osaka would go on to with the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Osaka earned your votes for the month of August after a sizzling two weeks in NY, where she became the first player, male or female, from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title. This is not an explanation anyone would ever tolerate for poor or unethical behavior by a colleague or a child.

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What happened at Flushing Meadows was not a one-off, it was the culmination of years of being demeaned with racial epithets in real life and online, of being deemed less commercially valuable than blond female tennis stars, of having her body either mocked or overly sexualized. "With a combination of grit and grace, Naomi Osaka is not afraid to take on the best tennis players of our time and win", said Asako Hoshino, Nissan's senior vice president, in a statement.

"I couldn't tell what was going on, it was so loud and a little bit stressful", Osaka said of the moment. This is not the way to lead a serious discussion about the larger issues at play. As the Times notes, Grand Slam rules against verbal abuse - the penalty that cost her a game - includes on-court rhetoric that "implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

Though marred by controversy, the first Japanese to lift a Grand Slam has not let the impact her and has been giving a number of interesting interviews, further broadening her fan base.

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Williams is definitely not the only one in this situation demonstrating a failure of leadership. The decision caused a heated on-court dispute between him and Williams. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".