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"But I'm going to continue to fight for women", Williams said.

Was Ramos simply following the rules? "There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials".

'Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials, ' the official said.

Tennis umpires were disturbed by the incident between Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Open, and some are considering boycotting Williams' matches.

The women's pro tour agreed.

And here at the US Open, victor Coco Vandeweghe was unhappy the women's doubles presentation was cut short to allow the men's singles final to start on time.

The American's behavior has divided opinion, with Billie Jean King among the high-profile figures to come out in support of Williams in the face of fierce criticism from some quarters. "At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

Novak Djokovic got into an argument with the same umpire, Ramos, at the French Open, and called him "crap".

Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned.

Issues of sexism, officiating double standards and adverse playing conditions have dominated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, raising uncomfortable questions and prompting authorities to promise a review of existing policies.

The first violation sparked the controversy, as Ramos - who hails from Portugal - felt that Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou was coaching her with hand signals.

Williams was thwarted in her bid for a record-tying 24th Slam singles crown in losing to Japan's Naomi Osaka. An umpire's job is to keep control of the match, and he let it get out of control.

This resulted in another code violation and her opponent, Naomi Osaka, was awarded a game. Williams was fined $17,000 for the violations by the United States Tennis Association, in addition to having points deducted during the match by Ramos.

It's just the latest example of Williams confronting sexism in and around her sport but it may be the most profound and publicly visible moment yet.

Commenting on the events taking place at the final, CEO for the WTA Steve Simon, seconding Serena's claim, released a statement on Sunday saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same".