Ramos is back in the umpire's chair this weekend when Croatia host the United States in a Davis Cup tie in Zadar and USA captain Jim Courier said of the Williams incident: "It's been polarized and in some ways politicized".
But after returning to Japan on Thursday, Osaka insisted there were no hard feelings towards Williams, who branded umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" in an astonishing tantrum triggered by a code violation for coaching that culminated in a docked game.
People who are supporting Ms. Williams and criticizing Ramos don't understand that players can swear about a decision, but as long as they don't prolong their complaining, good umpires do nothing because the player might be right.
"It isn't the first time you have had to deal with unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this incredible ability to come back with such courage and grace, " she said.
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"WTA defence surprised me".
When Ellen asked Osaka what Serena whispered in her ear at that moment, Osaka smiled. "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", Williams said to the umpire, Fox News reported. "If it's like this, let me know".
Over the course of the fortnight, Osaka defeated Laura Siegemund, Julia Glushko, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Aryna Sabalenka, Lesia Tsurenko and 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys to claim her place in the final.
A video emerged on Twitter yesterday of a young Osaka setting up a "chopstick competition" with her older sister Mari, where the aim was to see who could place 10 beans into a bowl and then take it out the quickest - with chopsticks! She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.
As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light. But we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.