New York: Former Tennis star and broadcaster Martina Navratilova has now spoken up against tennis-star Serena William’s controversial behaviour in the final of the United States open and added that she doesn’t believe it’s a good idea to apply a standard of “If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too.”
Writing an opinion piece for the New York times, Martina recalled the entire incident and added that,”Much of the coverage has focused on what happened when Ms Williams confronted Mr Ramos a second time, demanding an apology and calling him a thief. Mr Ramos handed Ms Williams a third code violation — which cost her a whole game. After a long confrontation, play resumed. Naomi Osaka went on to win the match — her first major title, and the first major title for Japan as well — under an onslaught of booing and drama the likes of which, as far as I know, we have never seen in a final of a Grand Slam.
She went on further for Serena Williams and said,”It’s difficult to know, and debatable, whether Ms Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player. But to focus on that, I think, is missing the point. If, in fact, the guys are treated with a different measuring stick for the same transgressions, this needs to be thoroughly examined and must be fixed. But we cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court. There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces. Then I thought about the kids watching. And I grudgingly held on to that racket.”
Earlier, in a controversial US open final, Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to win her first US Open title. It will be probably be remembered for Serena’s outrageous expressions and calling the umpire ‘thief’. It all started after she lost a point following a fail serve and lost her cool. She went ahead to break her racket which is a clear violation of code of conduct.