Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Writing in an opinion article for the New York Times, the 61-year-old Czech-born American said a higher standard needed to be observed when Williams called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and was penalised a key game in the second set.

According to Australian newspaper The Herald Sun and its cartoonist, Mark Knight, a cartoon of Serena Williams that echoes the harmful caricatures of black men and women once drawn in a shameful part of USA history isn't racist.

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Ramos was unperturbed, and Williams' rage continued: she was soon given a point penalty for smashing and making bits of her racket.

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The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

Knight said his cartoon was simply about Serena's poor behaviour.

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The paper's editor had previously tweeted his support for the cartoonist, while the artist himself said "the world has just gone insane".

The series of incidents had led to some of the most remarkable scenes in a Grand Slam final as Williams accused Ramos of being a "liar" and a "thief".

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"I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on (from) any other Grand Slam final".

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said in a statement Tuesday that Mark Knight's cartoon "had nothing to do with gender or race". She was drawn as a white woman with blonde hair.

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"Don't you worry about me!" he added.

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