Serena Williams: Diva or Victim?


Equal Justice Initiative Staff

Former Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams

Brendan Guillen, Reporter

Serena Williams was, as of September 8, 2018, disqualified from the U.S. Open Final. Her opponent, Naomi Osaka has not only become the newest Grand Slam Champion but was overshadowed by Williams’ outburst. Williams reportedly argued with the umpire, Carlos Ramos, after he penalized her for receiving tips from her coach throughout the game and during the argument, breaking her racquet. Williams’ argument became one of sexism when she stated “There are men out there that do a lot worse, but because I’m a woman, because I’m a woman, you’re going to take this away from me? That is not right.”

The Woman’s Tennis Association supports Williams’ claim which is followed by the President of the United States Tennis Association, Katrina Adams, praising Williams. In addition, Washington Post member Billie Jean King wrote “Ultimately, a woman was penalized for standing up for herself. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on.”

Third U.S. Open title winner Novak Djokovic has also commented, criticizing the umpire though disagreeing with the idea that officials treat men and women differently.

Serena Williams’ total fine amounts to $17,000.