Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka suggested Serena Willams was a victim of a double standard in the 2018 US Open final. The US Open final between Osaka and Williams was surrounded by controversy after the American got into a verbal altercation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
The moment and final received worldwide attention and Osaka believed it happened only because it was a woman that was involved. "Definitely if a male player did that, it wouldn't have been so broadcasted," Osaka said on Victoria's Secret podcast.
"There's actually been male players that have done far worse, like literally last year and this year, and they don't get news reports at all. "But I do know that people are very interested in Serena and whatever she does is going to get news attention.
And it was just unfortunate that it had to be that moment that caught a lot of people's interest."
Osaka praised by Venus Williams
Recently, former world No. 1 Venus said Osaka and 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu are "great for tennis."
Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion, while Raducanu is now one of the most promising players on the Tour. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the Williams sisters were asked whether they saw players like Osaka and Raducanu facing similar barriers to the ones they had to overcome.
"I don’t know that we know their lives,” Venus began in response. “So, it’s hard for us to speak to that. But obviously they’re achieving great things. We’re excited for them, and they’re great for tennis.
“It’s important for people to continue to break barriers. And the best part is if you’re good enough and great enough you open the way for other people. “And I think generations [coming after us] are able to just play tennis and hopefully don’t have to focus so much on the colour of their skin."