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Old September 10th, 2018, 09:17 PM
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U.S. Open

I just watched a video of the trophy presentation for the Women's U.S. Open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCm3BemDlj8

I am a fan of Serena Williams, but my heart broke for Naomi Osaka. How awful to be treated that way! To feel she has to apologize for winning? I am glad Serena seemed to realize it while on the stage. But I was not impressed with Katrina Adams. She smiled while the fans booed, hugged Serena tightly, and was very awkward with Naomi. Not to mention the "not the finish we were looking for today" comment.

That was just sad.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 04:47 AM
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Re: U.S. Open

She's young. She'll be back, and to many cheers, I am sure.

I wasn't impressed with Serena's behavior during the matches.
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Old September 11th, 2018, 12:48 PM
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Re: U.S. Open

I'm sure she will be back. But there will only ever be one "first".

I don't know enough about tennis rules to know if Serena had a valid point or not as far as the disparity between judging men's matches versus women's. But even if she did, the time to make that argument isn't in the middle of a match. The ref was, from what I could tell, appropriately applying the rules that are on the books. If those rules need to change, so be it. But they aren't going to change in the middle of a match, and the ref doesn't owe her an apology for enforcing them. Her coach admitted coaching her from the sidelines, and it was clear that she broke her racquet. Those are against the rules, Serena knew that, and she didn't want to get punished because men don't get punished for that? That doesn't make sense to me. "Yes, officer, I'm driving drunk, but my friend drove drunk last night and you didn't stop her, so you can't take me to jail." I think Serena let her frustrations get the best of her. She's a fierce competitor, so I can understand that. I didn't like it, but I could understand that. Nonetheless, to cry sexism and get the crowd booing was wrong. Her opponent is also a woman, and wasn't having any trouble following the rules.

I saw an interview with Naomi Osaka from the following morning. She said she didn't know what was going on because she had her back turned when it was happening. She was very gracious about the whole thing.
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Ya. Even the finalists deserve to be treated like champs. Respect all the sweat, hard work, injuries they went past to get there.
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