Serena Williams was berated and supported in equal measures, when she claimed that she was being victimized in an accusation that claimed that the chair umpire was advocating sexism to decide the outcome of his decisions. The incident has received full blown media attention since its unfolding at the US open. Many players have talked about it, not just from the world of tennis but also from several other sports.
Simona Halep was one of the recent players who spoke out on the Serena Williams issue. “The rules are the rules,” said Simona Halep in an interview at the Wuhan open.“I don’t see any difference between the men’s rules and women’s rules, and I think the chair umpires are doing just their jobs.” Halep also added, “I never had any problems with him, or with any umpire. I also got fines, when I had to. It’s normal.”
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also voiced her opinion against Serena Williams, saying that there is no preferential treatment for the men. “I don’t see the difference, to be honest,” said Petra kvitova. “Sometimes, when you get the violation, it is just a violation, and it is nothing, at the end of the day.”
Kvitova also added, “I got so many violations when I was a kid, I got a coaching violation as well, but it’s OK. You get it, and you can’t do anything with it, and sometimes it’s tough, but you can’t get interrupted by that.”
Meanwhile Caroline Wozniacki, who is known to have a very good rapport and friendship with Serena Williams had different opinions. “I think she has a point in some of what she’s saying,” said Wozniacki.“I think everyone has the right to their own opinion.”
“I think that when you’re going into a grand slam final, you’re fighting for your 24th slam, you’re fighting to be on paper, the best player to ever have played the game, there will be emotions involved”. Wozniacki also added, ”I think there will be some feelings there when you go onto the court”.