Serena Williams, one of the greatest sportswomen of all time, continued to battle against the sexism baked deep into society as she went head-to-head with the incredibly talented Naomi Osaka at a controversial U.S. Open on Saturday, September 8.
During the match, chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a costly penalty for "cheating by illegal coaching," a charge Williams immediately denied. Williams demanded an apology from Ramos, whom she called a "thief." Hordes of fans expressed their displeasure online.
After the match, Williams said aloud what so many watchers were thinking: the umpire's decisions were clearly influenced by sexism.
I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality. And for me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man, because he said thief. For me, it blew my mind.
And just in case there was any doubt, male tennis stars James Blake and Andy Roddick sounded off online, confirming they've done far worse and received no penalties at all.
In addition to the in-game penalty, Williams was also given a "$17,000 fine for three code violations."
Fellow tennis player Victoria Azarenka was watching Williams's match, and live-tweeted her anger at what was happening.
Hearing from other tennis pros made a big difference to many online:
A change must be made...