Tennis great Serena Williams not only lost the Grand Slam, but was fined $17,000 for giving a chair judge, Carlos Ramos, a verbal dressing down.
After he levied a game-losing penalty against Williams, she told Ramos, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. … And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too!”
“I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose,” Williams added.
Williams lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who is part Haitian. Observers say Williams was gonna lose the race anyway because of superior play from Osaka, who came ready to roll. But some say Williams was discriminated against because of her race–and her sex.
“Women are treated differently in most arenas of life,” wrote tennis legend Billie King for the The Washington Post. “This is especially true for women of color. And what played out on the court yesterday happens far too often. It happens in sports, in the office and in public service. Ultimately, a woman was penalized for standing up for herself. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on.”