Boris Becker "Serena has shot herself in the shoe"
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Serena Williams causes a scandal in the final of the US Open with several notches – and loses. While the WTA boss supports his compatriot Boris Becker, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is rightly punished.
NBoris Becker first and foremost inspired the fans by his emotional style. The fist on the tennis court has become his trademark, even 19 years after the end of the career brings the German heroes in combination with this gesture.
So someone like Becker has a lot of understanding for emotional outbursts on the field. This has not changed in the current generation of players. In the women's finals of the US Open, however, it was too much for the grandmaster.
The reports Serena Williams criticized the Eurosport expert in New York sharply. "I'm always on the side of the player, and in such a nerve-racking game you lose your composure Unfortunately, Serena has broken one or two rules You can not blame the referee for lying to millions of spectators," Becker said after the match that Williams had lost in straight sets against the 20-year-old Japanese Naomi Osaka.
"That's her punishment"
The American-American panicked and clashed several times with referee Carlos Ramos. The Portuguese warned the 36-year-old initially for supposed coaching from the tribune. Afterwards Williams demanded an apology, although television footage showed how her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou gave hand signals. "We have no signals", she claimed later.
Williams lost her racket after she was beaten 3-2 in the second set and was penalized for the second battle. When she still could not calm down at the next break and Ramos was finally called a thief, she punished them with the game relief.
After the match, the old number one did not give him a hand. Later she accused Ramos of never punishing a man with a play-off – which led to a sexism debate in tennis.
"As a referee, you always have to play in the role of player, which you can not do in black and white, according to the rule book," Becker confessed. But especially with the score of 3: 1 in the second set, Williams should have stayed cool and not be allowed to discuss with the referee.
"With the audience behind it, it would have been very difficult for Osaka to win the third set," Becker said. & # 39; She really shot herself in the shoe and that is her punishment. She started a discussion with the referee, who never wins as a player. She needs to know that. She could not overtake emotionally. & # 39;
$ 17,000 fine
Williams was fined $ 17,000 (€ 14,700) for her defeats in the final, but also received support from the celebrity side. WTA boss Steve Simon said there should be no difference between men and women on the tennis court when it comes to tolerance for sentimental expressions.
The New York women's finale "raised the question of whether there were differences in the standards for the implementation of women's and men's games." The association of professional tennis players, WTA for short, is ready to work with the sport, so that all players are treated equally. "We do not think that was the case last night," Simon wrote in a statement.