Williams called for the tournament referee as she cried on court. Ramos fined her a total of $17,000 for verbal abuse, breaking her racket and for a coaching warning.
"He needed to tell Serena - he can't apologise he did the right thing there, he can't apologise, he's got to be the boss - but all he had to say to Serena is "I am not attacking your character". But if you want to be the star of the show, that's fine".
After the match, Twitter users and tennis commentators alike said the penalties assessed to Williams were excessively harsh, and some said they may have reflected sexism and racism in tennis officiating. "There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished -- and not just in tennis", Navratilova said.
Though he agreed that "the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final". He did change the course of the match. "Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you're fighting for a Grand Slam trophy".
Victor of the men's event, Novak Djokovic, said that while he had sympathy for Williams in terms of the sanctions she was given, he did not agree that women are treated differently to men.
BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker expressed similar sentiments while saying, "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation". Osaka's decpition as having blonde hair despite her Haitian and Japanese heritage was also called out, although the player does sport blonde highlights in her natural dark curls. There's certain ones that need to be checked. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation". The whole crowd thinks you're the screw-up, which is incorrect. And I grudgingly held on to that racket.
Another tweeted: "The saddest part about Mark Knight's cartoon depiction of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is that he believes that he has done nothing wrong and that everyone is overreacting and does not understand the art of caricature".