Serena Williams lashes umpire during US Open loss

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

The pair's match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, was interrupted by several issues between Williams and tournament officials, as umpire Carlos Ramos handed her several violations throughout the game. Things heated up when Williams smashed her racket and received her second violation.

After Serena Williams was docked a game for calling the umpire a "thief", some are asking if she would've had the same treatment if she were a male athlete.

Williams demanded an apology from the chair judge repeatedly, accusing him of attacking her character by insinuating she was cheating. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men that doesn't happen to them", she said to the referee.

'For me it blows my mind.

"Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?"

Williams was surprised to hear of Mouratoglou's admission, saying she had sent her coach a text asking for an explanation.

Williams put her current level at only 50 or 60 per cent, and said: "I definitely don't feel myself yet".

"But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have (equality)".

"I'm honest, I was coaching".

Osaka was not yet two at the time, and the 20-year-old admits it's "surreal" to think she'll be taking on the woman who inspired her tennis career in her very first Grand Slam final.

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"Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she yelled.

"Everyone who was born in Osaka, their last name is Osaka".

Mouratoglou said he had attempted to help Williams, but added coaching was common in nearly every match. "I don't really see what would change".

As the pro-Williams crowed booed the trophy ceremony announcer, Osaka was tearing up herself, but Williams urged the spectators to show the young champion respect.

When questioned about how hard it was to play through the situation, both at the other end of the court and with an unhappy and vocal crowd, Osaka was clearly upset.

The WTA said Williams and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both have "great integrity". "She deserved credit, she deserved to win". "I just wanna tell you guys she played well, and this is her first Grand Slam", as she, too, appeared to become emotional amid the ensuing cheers from the audience.

The caveat is that Williams was playing only her second tournament following the birth of daughter Olympia and was so disgusted by her performance that she walked off the court and left the grounds immediately. Everyone knows this. It's on the commercials, it's everywhere.

"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right?"

Serena's epic US Open meltdown has been slammed by tennis fans as a "disgraceful" act of sportsmanship.

"I just texted Patrick, like, 'What is he talking about?'" Williams told reporters.

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