Since her celebrated post-partum return to tennis, Serena Williams has been on a desperate quest to claim Grand Slam No. 24. But, what once seemed to be her calling card, winning slams, has now proved to be virtually impossible.
“Thief.” That single, accusatory word cost Serena Williams a point, then a game, then a match. It was the point in which all hell broke loose, in which chair umpire Carlos Ramos took it upon himself to dictate the flow of the match and unfairly overshadow 20-year-old Naomi Osaka’s historic victory.