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Serena Williams: Umpire Carlos Ramos Breaks Silence Over US Open Controversy

Umpire Carlos Ramos has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding Serena Williams, insisting he was “good” despite the US Open final furore.

The 47-year-old handed Williams three code violations on Saturday, prompting a heated on-court argument with the 23-time Grand Slam champion and sparking a debate about sexism in the sport.

Williams branded Ramos a “thief” and “liar” as she argued her case before opponent Naomi Osaka, 20, served out the following game to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title.

“I am good, under the circumstances,” Ramos was quoted as saying in Portugal’s Tribuna Expresso.

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“It’s an unhappy situation but a la carte refereeing doesn’t exist. Don’t you worry about me!”

Ramos also told the newspaper that he has avoided walking outside in New York during the fallout but will return to work this week.

Williams, who defended her actions by claiming she was fighting for “women’s rights and for women’s equality”, was subsequently fined £13,000 for her actions.

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