Mouratoglou admits to coaching Serena during US Open final

Mouratoglou admits to coaching Serena during US Open final

Mouratoglou admits to coaching Serena during US Open final

Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the U.S. Open final than a man would have been.

The WTA said Williams and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both have "great integrity".

Cornet had returned from a 10-minute heat break when she became aware of the wardrobe malfunction but the umpire's decision to punish her prompted allegations of double standards after male tennis stars including Novak Djokovic removed their shirts on court to cool down. Osaka dropped just 34 games and one set the entire tournament, and she won what was essentially a road match in the final. To hear more about this, we're joined now by NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman. I don't know how to explain it. We'll get through it. Let's not boo anymore...

Mouratoglou says that "in 99 percent of the cases, he would have told Serena, 'I've seen your coach do a movement and tell him to stop, otherwise you'll have a warning".

That gave her the first violation, which was just a warning.

She's one of several young mixed-race athletes who are challenging Japan's traditional self-image as a racially homogenous country, including sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball player Yu Darvish. And he admitted afterwards that he was coaching her.

"Well, I don't wanna be rude, she played well and this is her first Grand Slam", Williams said after the match, as she fought back tears. "I don't cheat! I didn't get coaching". And then move forward later, she smashed her racquet, destroyed it after losing a game and got a point penalty because it was considered a second violation.

Williams continued to argue with Ramos and even yelled at the umpire from Portugal. "I just want to say thank you for watching the match", said Osaka.

The 36-year-old was controversially hit with three code violations during the freakish final, as she was docked for coaching, conduct and verbal abuse violations. And he nailed her with a game penalty.

She was up 2-1 on the changeover when she spoke again with Ramos appearing to smooth things over, and she finally found a way to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead. It was weird and surreal. When she won, Osaka's celebration was subdued, as she was seemingly both in shock and cognizant of the tension surrounding Williams and the umpire.

Barry Louie, who lives in Japan and is a friend of Osaka's father, said her father was working as an English teacher when he met her mother. There's been a lot of conversation about the differential treatment or the alleged differences in treatment of men and women. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times". It's inspiring, actually. I don't think a lot of people really know how bad it was. In addition to taking both her break point chances, she was almost untouchable on her own serve, winning 18 of 26 points, including two by ace.

Osaka's development, especially her defensive abilities and court sense, has come under the tutelage of Sascha Bajin, who formerly worked as a hitting partner for Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. Just as Naomi said after the match, he can't bear to watch Naomi's matches.

He will face Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

Osaka also has a strong attachment to Japanese culture, describing her visits to the country as like a "super-awesome extended vacation that I don't want to leave", according to media reports.

It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July, as she seeks an initial major title since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017.

Hughes will chair Sunday's match between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.

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