The women's US Open final on Saturday ended with both the victor and loser standing on the court in tears and the crowd booing loudly-and the blame for such an freakish conclusion rests squarely on the fragile ego of chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
Serena Williams served up some arguments to the umpire at the U.S. Open finals on Saturday. This includes $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for slamming her racket and $10,000 for the supposed "verbal abuse".
She was then docked a point for a second violation when she smashed her racket.
"I've seen other men call other umpires several things and I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality. and for me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark", Williams said. In the ensuing conversation, the previous cheating accusation came up and Williams demanded an apology for accusing her of cheating.
And you stole a point from me.
Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in.
"Congratulations Naomi", said Williams, who later said Osaka played an "amazing" match.
In her post-match interview, Williams was asked how she would explain "what happened out there tonight" and how she could have "handled it differently" to her daughter-a question players like McEnroe were never asked about their children. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know!" Let's make this the best moment we can. "No more booing. Let's be positive".
The six-times U.S. Open champion, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each during the match.
But the victory was overshadowed by the three code violations handed to Williams by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the match. Watch select excerpts above.
He said Osaka's coach, Sascha Bajin, was also giving advice to his player.
This was the third high-profile conflict with an official for Williams at Flushing Meadows, following her infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a dispute over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times". "But then when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again".
She tweeted when a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it.
"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today".
"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right?"
Even in defeat, Serena Williams proved she's a legend.
Williams went on to thank the crowd, joyfully expressing her desire to be at the Open again, despite her admission that playing there had been tough on her.
After the final, Williams said more about the double standard.