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Serena Williams catches a big break after meltdown, but tennis fans are furious about it

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Following her outburst at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams finally found some support amid all the backlash she was dealt for her unprofessional behavior.

The tennis superstar not only lost to competitor Naomi Osaka of Japan during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships over the weekend, she was fined for several code violations following her heated and highly criticized behavior during the match.

Two major tennis groups came to Williams’ defense on Monday, backing up the 36-year-old professional tennis player who came under heavy fire for her outbursts amid her claims that her penalties were sexist.

Women’s Tennis Association CEO Steve Simon blasted the “different standards” used for men and women in the officiating of matches in a scathing statement released Sunday.

“Yesterday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches,” Simon said. “The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men [vs.] women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done.”

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos accused Williams of illegally receiving instructions from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, during the match prompting Simon to call for coaching to be allowed across the sport.

U.S. Tennis Association president, Katrina Adams, also came out in support of Williams, claiming certain umpires have “double standards” in how they treat male and female players.

“We watch the guys do this all the time, they’re badgering the umpire on the changeovers. Nothing happens. There’s no equality,” Adams told ESPN. “I think there has to be some consistency across the board. These are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks.”

“I know what Serena did and her behavior was not welcome,” she added. “A line could have been drawn, but when you look at Carlos in this situation, it’s a judgment call to give that last penalty because she called him a thief. They’ve been called a lot more.”

Williams was fined $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of Ramos, $4,000 for the coaching warning and another $3,000 for breaking her racket in protest.

“I didn’t get coaching,” Williams argued repeatedly after Ramos’ accusation. “I don’t cheat! I didn’t get coaching. How can you say that? You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life!”

Though the two tennis groups have backed Williams in the controversy, fans seemed not to approve and called out the statements on social media.

Frieda Powers

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