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Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'

16 September 2018

How did our favourite pastime become so politicised?

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All these claims, by Serena, saw many people criticizing her on social media. Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard.

This last outburst cost Williams a game, impacting the match and tarnishing what should have been a great win and a shining moment for her competitor, Naomi Osaka.

"Coaching is common, a lot of people are doing it, some people aren't getting called for it", Murray continued.

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"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka said.

I hate to sound whiny, but Serena's incident, whether you think she is a sore loser or not, should bring us to think about how we treat women who are not conventionally "ladylike".

Ellen Show host Ellen Degeneres asked Osaka what Williams said to her after the match, and Osaka replied that Williams was very reassuring. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point.

The biggest fine in which women were fined for more than men, coaching, is the one that Williams picked up her first penalty for during her loss to Naomi Osaka - which sparked the other two penalties. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

"Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot". He's never took a game from a man because they said thief. For me, it blows my mind.

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Osaka, who competes at next week's Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, also revealed her plans to break into the top five this year - and win a shiny gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams issued a statement praising Williams as a "true champion" on Saturday and told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that she believes there is a double standard when it comes to how female and male tennis players are treated.

But much of the ensuing outrage chose to ignore Williams' claims of unfair treatment. She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum. "More voices are needed to do the same".

Of course, Ms. Williams was right; she was being unfairly penalized by a sport that is ridiculously old-fashioned, sexist and overwhelmingly white. She decided, vehemently, not to stick to sports. Sometimes, all that's left is pure human rage.

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Jamie Murray: Serena Williams' sexism claims are 'a bit far-fetched'