Cape Town - As though her actions were not bad enough, Serena Williams' shame has now been aggravated by the unsupported claim that umpire Carlos Ramos' action against her crude and hysterical behaviour during the humbling 6-2, 6-4 defeat against Japan's ebullient, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday was sexist motivated. King wrote that if a male player had a similar outburst, he'd be called "outspoken" and have no repercussions.
The second violation also cost her a point in the match, sparking her renewed verbal attack on Ramos, a code violation which carried a $10,000 fine.
According to the official Grand Slam rule book, a first infraction gets a warning, a second offence results in a point penalty while a third brings about a game penalty.
Osaka's mother Tamaki became estranged from her conservative Japanese family when it was found out that she was dating Mr Francois, a foreigner and a black man.
"Carlos has been one of the top tennis umpires in the world since the mid-1990s and has a reputation for being firm but fair in his handling of the players", said Mike Morrissey, a former top chair umpire and former head of officiating for the International Tennis Federation.
He said: 'I love Serena, first of all.
Williams continued to argue that it was not fair that she be accused of cheating and mentioned that tennis officials had done that before as she held back tears.
"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.
Djokovic had sympathy for Williams in terms of the sanctions she was given but does not agree that women are treated differently from men.
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Williams herself said she had not had negative experiences when Ramos had worked her matches in the past.
"Osaka is taking on the power tennis of the women's game with power of her own - an Asian player, a Japanese player", said Date, who retired past year at the age of 46.
During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief".
WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon has also said the sport should examine the rules on coaching, noting that his organisation allows on-court coaching during regular tour events if a player requests it. "I just want to say thank you for watching the match".
Simon backed the claims and added: "There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing".
"There are umpires who sometimes put more pressure than others, and you have to accept this", Nadal said after that match.
"It's hard to generalise things".
Williams was fined $17,000 (£13,100) for the code violations that included calling Ramos a "liar" and "thief".