Serena Williams claims sexism, called ‘spoiled brat’ after temper tantrums cost her victory

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A popular professional tennis player who has previously complained about sexism wound up back in the news again Saturday after repeated outbursts during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships ultimately cost her what could have been a victory.

Umpire Carlos Ramos of Portugal warned Serena Williams against receiving instructions from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who had been caught on video gesturing directions to her.

Moments later Williams reportedly smashed her racket in anger after losing a round to her competitor, Naomi Osaka of Japan. Because of Williams’ previous warning, this time Ramos went ahead and deducted a full point from her for receiving coaching and losing her temper.

Watch him coaching her below:

Unfortunately, losing a point only made the tennis star angrier, so she lashed out at the umpire by accusing him of being a “thief,” claiming he’d stolen a point from her and demanding an apology from him for performing his job.

She also argued with referee Brian Earley and complained of alleged sexism, saying, “There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they’re a man, that doesn’t happen to them.”

In response to this “verbal abuse,” Ramos then deducted another point from Williams, thus leaving her with too few points to eke out a victory against Osaka.

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Thanks to the point deductions, Williams ultimately lost to Osaka, a fact that didn’t sit well with her fans. They began booing during the post-game award ceremony, to which the hotheaded tennis star responded by telling her fans to stop.

“I just want to tell you guys she played well and this is her first Grand Slam,” she implored to her fans.

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During a press conference following her stunning loss, Williams doubled down on her claims of sexism.

“I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things, and I’m here fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality and all kinds of stuff, but for me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game? It made me feel like it was a sexist remark. I mean, he’s never taken a game from a man because he said thief. For me, it blows my mind,” she said.

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A number of Twitter users seemed to agree.

“Ramos took what began as a minor infraction and turned it into one of the nastiest and most emotional controversies in the history of tennis, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him,” one woman complained.

“In 10 years I won’t remember who won the 2018 US Open. But I will remember the day Serena Williams stood up for herself and rightfully so on a bad call even with the consequences,” another Twitter user opined.

See more reactions below:

But for every tweet issued in defense of Williams, there were dozens that blasted her for allegedly being a “spoiled brat”:

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