Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018.
"First of all as an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite".
Osaka's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000. "In my mind I really wanted to know what was going on".
"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.
In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London.
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) have backed those claims following Williams' straight sets defeat to Osaka.
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Ramos, who called three violations on Williams, essentially sealing the match for Naomi Osaka, took the heat from Williams, who labelled him a "liar" and "thief".
Others, including Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, criticized Ramos for his handling of the situation.
Williams later smashed her racket and was docked a game for an outburst at Ramos stemming from her anger over the initial violation.
In an interview with ESPN on Sunday, USTA President Katrina Adams called the US Open event "unfortunate" and argued that things would have been different if Williams were a male player.
Osaka is the latest sports figure to lend her star power to Nissan, after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt served as the automaker's "global director of excitement" to promote the GT-R from 2012 to 2016. To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos.
"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist".
Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".