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Serena Williams branded a ‘spoiled brat’ for her ‘pathetic’ outburst at US Open defeat to Naomi Osaka
The International Tennis Federation have also backed umpire Carlos Ramos after the Williams’ incident
Serena Williams has been branded a ‘spoiled brat’ for her ‘pathetic’ outburst in the US Open Final by talkSPORT host Darren Gough.
The 36-year-old was docked a game in the crucial second set of her match against Naomi Osaka for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a ‘thief’ having previously received two code violations – and she used her subsequent post-match press conference to call her penalty ‘sexist’.
With the International Tennis Federation since backing Ramos, the spotlight has been cast firmly back to Williams for her petulant display.
As well as her outburst at the umpire, Williams also broke her racquet after smashing it on the floor in frustration at the call.
In a heated debate with fellow Drivetime host Adrian Durham on Monday, Goughie claimed the world No. 16 has let herself down with her behaviour.
“Yeah I think she was a spoiled brat,” the former England international said.
” I think she’s got that power in the game, she’s been a dominant force for so long and she’s done so many brilliant, brilliant things on a tennis court.
“Playing while pregnant, which was fantastic, and winning the Australian Grand Slam. The way she’s come back after giving birth is a great advert to show that there’s nothing can stop you – she’s brilliant, absolutely world-class athlete.
“But the way she has acted these last couple of days has been the biggest turn-off ever!”
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The victorious Osaka had to be comforted by the veteran o the podium when receiving her trophy as boos rang out among the Flushing Meadows crowd.
Such was the emotion of the occasion, the 20-year-old has admitted she hasn’t even had a chance to watch the footage of her most glorious moment back yet.
And, for that reason exactly, Goughie believes the Williams matter was handled correctly.
He added: “No matter how good she is as an athlete, no matter how good she is as a female (which I’m not even bringing that into it, you are) she’s got to obey by the rules.
“And to take that away from that young girl [Osaka] who’s first Grand Slam, the first Japanese lady to win a Grand Slam – it’s embarrassing, it really is.
“She went OTT, she deserved to be punished…there’s no agenda, she’s a tennis player who crossed the line and deserved to be punished.”