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If you were tuned in to the US Open Women's Finals this weekend, then you might've seen the drama that occurred during the Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka match.

Serena Williams' claims of sexism in the US Open final have been backed by the governing body of women's tennis.

Williams was involved in an incredible row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during her 6-2 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday.

Osaka out-played her childhood hero to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam, but her accomplishment was swamped in the controversy surrounding 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3. Here are 7 images of the two women on the day of the final.

In the statement the WTA voiced support for coaching on the Grand Slam stage and called for equal treatment of players in the officiating of matches.

Williams denied the accusation and demanded an apology.

About a week ago, she made headlines after the US Open chose to ban her iconic catsuit, and now she has been labelled as a "cheater" after her match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka from Japan. That last violation incurred a game penalty for Williams, an extraordinarily rare action for Ramos to take in a Grand Slam final.

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Williams said she had not cheated and never received on-court coaching but Mouratoglou admitted in a post-match interview he had coached and suggested it was widespread within the game.

He added: "We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport". I don't even call for on-court coaching [which is allowed on certain occasions in WTA events].

Williams lost her cool and verbally abused the umpire, calling him a "liar" and a "thief". "Thank you", tweeted the 20-year-old Osaka, who is projected to rise to seventh in the world rankings on Monday.

"I have never cheated in my life!"

However, Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise.


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