Strycova admitted she found it odd when the WTA Tour and U.S. Tennis Association came out with their support of Williams.
Naomi Osaka said on Thursday Serena Williams's row with the umpire during the US Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam, largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react.
"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", Osaka said. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal.
A teary-eyed Osaka addressed the crowd, saying (via ESPN), "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals".
"WTA defence surpised me".
It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".
The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos.
Williams called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" on court, for which she was punished, and accused him of sexism in a post-match press conference. "He did change the course of the match".
Williams doubled down after the match, believing that Ramos' docking her a game for verbal abuse was tantamount to sexism.
"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that".
Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty.
Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million. I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.
She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".