Johanna Konta: Don't hate me Serena Williams, there is no sexism in tennis


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Johanna Konta: Don't hate me Serena Williams, there is no sexism in tennis

Johanna Konta believes that the chair umpire Carlos Ramos was not sexist during the US Open final towards Serena Williams. Ramos punished Serena for mid-match coaching and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Speaking to The Guardian, Konta shared her honest opinion and she thinks that Ramos just applied the rules. 'I think there [are] a number of different elements that need to be taken into account,' said Konta.

'One of them being that the umpire was right: Patrick Mouratoglou was coaching – he said so. [The umpire] gave a coaching violation. I think that has to be taken separately to what happened after. One thing that is 100% certain is that emotions are always incredibly high in a match, and I would imagine definitely more so in a grand slam final.' Konta added, 'Everybody is human, including Serena Williams, and I think the US Open just brings that out of her.

I think she feels the stress there, that’s for sure. However, I think you’ve also then got to look at the umpire. That specific umpire is a stickler for the rules. He gave coaching violations to [Novak] Djokovic and to [Rafael] Nadal in different slams.

I’m all for equal rights but I don’t necessarily always agree [that] when you don’t like something you brush it on to the inequality carpet and say: ‘Because I’m a woman I didn’t get this.’ I don’t necessarily always agree with that approach.

However, one thing you cannot take away from Serena is how passionate she is about women’s rights. It is because of people like her and Billie Jean King that conversations are started, topics are put in the forefront and change can be made.

Now I don’t believe that was a sexist issue, personally. I believe it was emotions running high and things just snowballing. That’s what I believe … don’t hate me, Serena.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title