Japan's Osaka has 'no regrets' over US Open final drama

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Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. "The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a former top-level umpire who is now retired, told ESPN.

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Williams, 36, suffered defeat to 20-year-old Osaka in NY on Saturday night, handing the Japanese player her first Grand Slam title.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centered on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologize for beating the home favorite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

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Needless to say, the lack of support from the Association has umpires in the sport concerned about potential backlash, as Ramos is now being perceived as the villain in the dispute.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way.

"At the time I did kinda think they were booing at me".

While winding up a tour of Asia with Under Armour, he was asked about Serena Williams's meltdown when an incident with the chair umpire escalated during the U.S. Open women's championship Saturday. The six-times US Open champion, who eventually lost the match 6-2 6-4 was fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for her outburst.

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According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief". Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position.

"I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore", said Osaka after putting herself firmly in contention to reach the season-ending WTA Finals. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding the backlash, speaking to Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. I said 'arigatou,' " Osaka said, using the Japanese words for "congratulations" and "thank you".

Ramos will return to the chair on Friday, officiating the men's semi-final of the Davis Cup, he confirmed.

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