Serena Williams is as we know the greatest champion in tennis history. This had spanned long enough to win more Grand Slams than any player in Open tennis history. She won a major while pregnant, took time off to have the child, became a symbol of female strength and motherhood, was the impetus for discussions about maternity leave and other important women’s issues, and made it to the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She was almost universally revered and had made the general public long forget the controversies and unsportsmanlike behavior in her past.
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) September 9, 2018
In Saturday’s U.S. Open final, over 70,000 mentions on twitter for her temper tantrum following this cartoon. Although, this cartoon has been condemned as racist by civil rights leaders, celebrities and fans. Cartoonist Mark Knight’s image, published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, showed an angry Williams with exaggerated lips and tongue. She was also depicted as having a wild plume of curly hair rising from the top of her head as she stomped on her tennis racket. While Knight’s portrayal of Osaka as blond and light-skinned also drew criticism for being racist.
The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter nearly 74,000 times following the cartoon’s publication.
“This isn’t satire – it is disgusting racist caricature,” Twitter user Rose Weber wrote on Tuesday.
Serena Williams of the US smashes her racquet while playing against Naomi Osaka of Japan during their Women’s Singles Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2018. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
After receiving a coaching violation in Saturday’s U.S. Open final, Serena Williams shouted at the chair umpire and went on a wicked downward spiral that eventually led to a stunning game penalty which helped 20-year-old Naomi Osaka pull a massive upset, sending Serena to her second straight loss in a Grand Slam final and putting herself at the center of yet another tennis controversy at the biggest tennis tournament in the United States.
The incident led to worldwide outrage and countless defenders of Serena, many of whom exist outside the tennis world. They said the situation was unprecedented, and if they’re talking about a player getting a game penalty while a few points away from losing a Grand Slam because said player couldn’t get over a fair call from 30 minutes before then, yeah, I guess it’s unprecedented. But in reality, this is something tennis fans have seen before and, more importantly, seen from Serena before.
However, she got fined for $17,000 and Osaka won.
Sat, 8 Sep
photo source: PerthNow, CNN, USAToday