For Serena Williams, a Memorable Match for the Wrong Reasons

On Saturday, Williams repeatedly told Ramos she wanted an apology.

“For you to attack my character is something that’s wrong,” Williams said during a changeover. “It’s wrong. You’re attacking my character. Yes, you are. You owe me an apology. You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar.”

She concluded, “You stole a point from me, you’re a thief, too.”

That remark triggered the code violation for verbal abuse, which is defined in the rule book as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.”

The statement from tournament officials said that Ramos’s decision on the verbal abuse — ultimately a judgment call (unlike the racket abuse, which was automatic) — “was final and not reviewable.”

In her postmatch news conference, when asked if she would change anything that had happened, Williams said: “I can’t sit here and say I wouldn’t say he’s a thief, because I thought he took a game from me. But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to

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