US Open

Column: The Serena Williams controversy extends far beyond that final match

Column: The Serena Williams controversy extends far beyond that final match

“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.