Serena Williams’ outburst was verbal abuse, says Craig Gabriel

US Open reporter Craig Gabriel says Serena Williams’ outburst during the Women’s Singles Final was “verbal abuse.”

20 year old Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become the first Japanese player to win a grand slam single’s title.

But all the discussion will be around Williams’ behaviour.

She was handed three code violations in the second set which started with a code violation for “coaching.”

A second violation and point penalty came after Williams double faulted and threw her racquet.

A third violation and game penalty came after Williams imploded in a furious tirade, calling umpire Carlos Ramos, “a thief.”


“To call the chair umpire a liar and a thief, that’s verbal abuse,” Gabriel told Weekend Afternoons with Clinton Maynard and Craig Willis.

“It reminded me of the Kim Clijsters match a few years ago when she was actually defaulted. I thought she should have been defaulted this evening.”

During their semi-final match at the US Open in 2009, Williams received a point penalty at match point down after threatening a line judge.

Williams was fined $82,500 for the outburst, and Gabriel expects further sanctions to come out of her latest outburst.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were to be a further financial penalty.”

Carlos Ramos has had issues with sister Venus Williams in the past, accusing her of receiving coaching at the French Open in 2016.

Gabriel says Ramos is one of the toughest chair umpires on tour.

“He doesn’t flinch. He gave Nick Kyrgios a warning for the way he asked for a towel from the ball boy at the French Open last year.

“He is a very good umpire, but he saw what he saw.”

Things only got worse after the match when Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted on ESPN that he was coaching and that every coach does it.


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