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In response to swelling criticisms of Ramos' officiating, some umpires, though technically not allowed to talk with the press, are speaking out on behalf of the fraternity of tennis referees.

The story said that among the measures being discussed was a refusal to chair contests involving Williams unless she apologized to Ramos, though it did not suggest that this was likely.

King's remarks to CNN were something of a retraction on her earlier comments when she said in a Washington Post editorial that Williams had faced down sexism with her protests. Williams was docked a game Saturday and went on to lose the championship to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

The 20-year-old is getting more accustomed to her new fame but she's still the same shy, giggly girl you saw win Indian Wells for her first career title and then beat Serena Williams in NY on Saturday. He accepted the charge later but added that he didn't think Williams looked at her.

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"Still, despite the threats, Ings did not think that the judges would rise up and boycott Williams" future matches.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka told DeGeneres of the emotional moment between rivals.

A frustrated Williams later smashed her racket and accused Ramos of sexism for assessing penalties that she believes he would not have given to a man. Williams called Ramos a thief and demanded an apology.

Ramos is regarded as a "gold badge" umpire, among the best in the business, and it was no surprise that his employers, the International Tennis Federation, said in a statement that the code violations issued to Williams were "in accordance with the relevant rules".

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"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", his statement said.

Some are supporting the American tennis player and others are slamming her for "unruly" behaviour on the court. "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist. Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".

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Del Potro , whose own injury troubles have been well-documented, will therefore get a chance to repeat his 2009 triumph in NY . If he beats Del Potro to equal Sampras, only Roger Federer (20) and Nadal (17) stand above him in the all-time list.

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