Stephen Curry backs Serena Williams after US Open outburst

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Things seemed to settle down as Williams went on to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead, but she gave the break right back in the next game with a pair of double faults, prompting the former champion to smash her racquet on the court.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me". "I don't cheat to win - I'd rather lose", she said.

USA Today Sports / Reuters Serena Williams confronts chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final that she ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka.

Many people, looking at Serena Williams's actions during the US Open women's final last week, remembered of John McEnroe who often argued with umpires during his career. The Times reports a $8.5 million deal is being lined up for the 20-year-old, enjoying newfound global recognition after her maiden Grand Slam win. It was at this point that Ramos called a code violation for verbal abuse.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

"When you're little, you're taught not to look at, like, if your opponent gets angry or anything", Osaka explained on the show.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday. When I was talking about the outcome, I was really talking about the behavior of the audience, of the fans.

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A tennis official told the publication that umpires felt "not supported" by the United States Tennis Association. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

Ramos has received support from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on September 14.

Ramos spoke out for the first time about the fracas, telling the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that he was fine. "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte' doesn't exist".

Williams was docked a game during the defeat to Naomi Osaka for verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief" and a "liar" after he deducted a point from her for previous violations - coaching and smashing her racket.

"Don't you worry about me!" he added.