Serena went too far with U.S. Open final rant: Federer

Serena went too far with U.S. Open final rant: Federer

Roger Federer has admitted that he thinks Serena Williams "went too far" during her controversial row with umpire Carlos Ramos during the US Open women's final.

Serena was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women's singles final on Saturday, and American and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn't treated the same as some male players.

"I feel like Serena should have walked away", he told the Sunday Times.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Federer said he believes the incident could have be managed differently by everyone involved. "She went too far. She should have walked earlier".

He did, however, admit that Williams' actions were a "little bit excusable".

'The umpire should maybe not have pushed her there. "It's unfortunate, but an incredible case study", he said. Williams was docked a point for smashing her racquet and then another for calling the umpire a "lair" and a "thief".

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The code violations and the reactions of Williams were widely reported in the subsequent days, with Australian newspaper The Herald Sun lampooning her in a "racist and misogynistic" cartoon that grossly exaggerated her features. She was fined $17,000 in the aftermath of the final by the United States Tennis Association for the code violations.

'What was the problem with the catsuit?'

In September it was announced Serena Williams' black catsuit would be banned for future French Opens, and at the USA tournament France's Alize Cornet was given a code violation for changing a shirt on court - a decision which was widely criticised at the time.

She wore the outfit at the tournament in May, and said it made her "feel like a superhero".

However, Federer believed that Ramos perhaps should have taken a more considered approach in presiding over a heated grand slam final. "Serena has worn crazier stuff in the past", he said. Guys have worn crazier stuff. The outburst overshadowed Osaka's maiden grand slam title and stole from her the biggest win of her career. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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