Roger Federer Says Serena Williams 'Went Too Far' In US Open Meltdown
Roger Federer has said fellow tennis champion Serena Williams "went too far" during her US Open final meltdown.
During the September final against Naomi Osaka, Williams received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for verbally abusing the umpire.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Federer said he believes the incident could have be managed differently by everyone involved.
"I feel like Serena should have walked away," he said.
"She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier."
The Swiss tennis legend conceded Williams had reason for being so upset with the umpire's calls.
"The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It's unfortunate, but an incredible case study," he said.
Williams received her first code violation for receiving coaching, which she passionately denied, but her coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted to. Williams was docked a point for smashing her racquet and then another for calling the umpire a "lair" and a "thief". She also demanded the umpire apologise to her.
Following the three violations, Williams called for the referees to manage the problem, claiming she was subject to sexist treatment.
Naomi Osaka eventually won the final, becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam singles title, however her victory was overshadowed by the drama of Williams' outburst.
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