Dedication turned to disaster and drama for Serena Williams at the U.S Open Women’s Final over the weekend.
“It’s kind of like a cancer that grew from the early start of the match and then boom it blew up,” former tennis star Johan Kriek said.
Williams had three violations during the game against Naomi Osaka, but the biggest was for calling chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief."
The word cost her a whole game and she eventually lost in straight sets.
Kriek said it’s talk like that that’s common in tennis.
“The way that me and McEnroe, Connors, those guys challenged calls was to get in an umpire’s face,” he said.
Some believe the umpire was sexist toward the tennis powerhouse.
Williams said there’s a lot of men who have said a lot of things, but because they’re men, that doesn’t happen to them.
But Kriek said when male players have acted out in the past, they’ve been penalized too.
“John McEnroe got thrown out of the Australian Open. Can you imagine he’s the number one seed in the world? I’ve been fined thousands of dollars for opening my mouth,” he said.
Courtney Rittel agreed it wasn’t a sexist call.
“I don’t think she was in the right at all. The chair ump was completely correct in his ruling of the whole thing," she said. "I just think Serena went way too far in the way she handled it."
Kriek said it all comes down to one thing: common sense.