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Serena Williams confronts chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final that she ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka

USA Today Sports Reuters Serena Williams confronts chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final that she ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka

Barely a week after her infamous "meltdown" during the final of the US Open, Serena Williams chose to talk about her fashion business and motherhood, rather than the tennis court, as she spoke to a business trade group in Las Vegas.

Serena Williams has opened up in her first interview since accusing a US Open umpire of sexism, insisting she did not conspire to cheat with her coach.

"This is a bulls***, for umpires being women or men doesn't matter", Strycova told Sport.CZ, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Serena Williams is 37 years old and one year removed from having a child. Strycova asked. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing". Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world.

It was at that point that Williams was docked a full game, a penalty from which she could not recover and soon led to her losing the set and the match. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with". "So how do you take it as anything other than it being because she's a woman?"

"WTA defence surprised me".

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As the controversy rumbled on, Ramos spoke out to say that "a la carte arbitration does not exist", amid rumblings that umpires would boycott future matches involving Serena.

"I know Carlos, and I know he's not looking to put himself in a hard position".

If that's the case then Carlos Ramos's performance during Saturday's controversial US Open final was a failure. She was called on three violations over the course of the match.

Mouratoglou admitted he was coaching Williams, but said she didn't look at him.

Serena was handed a warning for a coaching violation before being deducted a point for smashing her racquet.

Writing in an opinion article for the New York Times, the 61-year-old Czech-born American said a higher standard needed to be observed when Williams called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and was penalized a key game in the second set. Williams accused Ramos of sexism, pointing out that men are rarely called out for such outbursts.

At the same event Williams received two violations, men received 86 code violations while women received only 22 in total, reported The Telegraph.

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