It’s been nearly a week since this all happened, but I’ve been carefully thinking about how to voice my opinion. Because, I know it won’t be what everyone thinks is right.
Last Saturday, tennis star Serena Williams was defeated in her ninth US Open final by newcomer Naomi Osaka. Osaka’s victory made her the first ever Japanese winner of a grand slam title, and she’s just 20 years old.
While the victory was one for both Osaka and women in sports everywhere, Serena Williams and her behavior was an absolute embarrassment.
In my opinion, Williams acted in a way I’d imagine her one year old daughter does when she doesn’t get her way. I think she had a complete and utter meltdown, which we’re all allowed to do sometimes because we’re only human. But, Williams continues to defend her actions as being okay because she claims she was the victim of a sexist official.
The first violation against Williams came when her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was called out for coaching her from the stands. He later admitted that he WAS in fact coaching her, meaning the violation was deserved. Upset about it, Serena Williams smashed her racquet to the ground and earned herself another violation.
“I don’t cheat! You need to make an announcement. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter! You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology,” Serena shouted at the official.
Okay so since when does being a parent excuse bad behavior? The whole argument is completely flawed and to me, is just a way to make Williams seem more like a victim in the public eye.
She then called the official a “thief” claiming he stole that point from her and that earned her a third violation. Williams then brought the argument that most men in tennis get away with saying much worse and do not get penalized for it. Which I’m sure can be found true with specific instances, but what I don’t understand is how it’s okay to Serena to justify her obviously improper actions with claims of sexism and victimization.
Serena is this what you’re going to teach your daughter to do when things don’t go her way? Williams clearly acted out of line and instead of admitting to it, she came up with ways to explain herself.
In an interview after the match, she went on to say how she’s been fighting for women everywhere and for equality amongst everyone. I guess that only applies to when Serena is winning because she has no problem taking away the glory from ANOTHER WOMAN. Poor Naomi has been quoted saying she’s dreamed about playing against Serena for years and ironically she is the very woman that stole all her thunder of winning.
I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how Serena acted and how she continues to throw in political notions to validate her behavior. Both women are what’s considered “minorities” and Osaka clearly deserved to win. Now instead of remembering how amazing it felt, she’s going to remember how guilty Serena’s actions made her feel for winning fair and square.
Just living life and loving every moment. Just Jordyn.