Mitch Harris: 'Women are supporting Serena, men are supporting the umpire'

Night Talk 10/09/2018
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Night talk: Mitch Harris opening comments, Monday 10th September 2018.

Tonight: Differences in various types oil, the Serena Williams outburst during the US Open women's final, and the number of traffic lights in NZ continues to rise. 

Social media remains divided over Serena Williams’ emotional meltdown during the US Open tennis final.

Williams lost the final to Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 on New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, and her outburst continues to overshadow the 20-year-old's maiden Grand Slam crown.

The American received three code violations, including a game penalty for verbal abuse, from chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

She lost the plot when she was warned for getting instructions from coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who later admitted he was coaching her from the stands.

That led to a continuous and vocal protest, and more violations when Williams called Ramos a "thief" and later accused him of being "sexist".

"I have never cheated in my life," Williams fumed at the umpire.

"I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her. I've never cheated and you owe me an apology.

"You will never be on another court of mine as long as you live. Say it, say you're sorry."

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