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Her father, Leonard Francois, was inspired to get Naomi and her older sister Mari into tennis after watching the Williams sisters rise in the late 1990s.

"You know I can not talk about that, " Ramos said. For me to say 'thief, ' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

During and after the match, Williams pointed to sexism as part of the reason why she was given the three code violations that led to the significant penalties. To get called in a Grand Slam final was perhaps a bit tight, but I think the reaction was pretty overboard.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way.

USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams was overheard apologizing to Ramos on the sidelines of Thursday's draw ceremony.

Who knew that a decade later she would beat all of the opposition in NY to life her first Grand Slam title?

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It means Croatia are firmly in charge of the best-of-five-match tie in Zadar going into Saturday's doubles and Sunday's reverse singles matches. "If it's like this, let me know".

"I feel like maybe they won't be around for much longer so having the chance to see them live and being born in the same time zone as them is really great".

Osaka, now ranked seventh in the world, is aiming to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of the season.

"I've always thought Kei (Nishikori) was a super good role model, and hopefully I can be that too", she said.

"Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that?"

Asked how she felt about being a role model for young children, Osaka gave mixed signals.


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