Angry tennis fans have taken their criticism of Serena Williams to a shocking new level.
As the fallout to her controversial US Open meltdown continues, fans have taken to Serena’s Twitter page to vent their anger.
A number of Twitter users decided to comment on a picture of Serena’s daughter Alexis Olympia, which the 23-time grand slam champion posted two days before the US Open final.
The pic shows Alexis Olympia wearing the same ‘tutu dress’ her mum rocked at Flushing Meadows, along with the caption ‘did Momma win?’
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The caption was in reference to Serena’s semi-final victory over Anastasija Sevastova, but fans responded as if it was about her loss in the final.
As you can see the comments were quite nasty, with users labelling Serena a ‘cheat’ and ‘sore loser’.
No but she cheated trying to win
— Phil Barrett (@PhilB1985) September 9, 2018
No honey, Mommy was a disgraceful sore loser who disrespected the ref after she got caught cheating. Mommy couldn't accept the fact that she was getting her butt kicked. And then Mommy's mob of celebrity friends bullied the 20 year old phenom that beat her.
— "Consensual Denis" Dugan (@DenisD206) September 8, 2018
No sweetie she threw a major tantrum and disrespected her apponent and lost not only the game but my respect for her.
— AJAY (@Jisdail) September 9, 2018
No., your mother lost and did not behave properly. She should apologize to the New champion Naomi Osaka
— Yves Pasteur (@pasteury) September 9, 2018
No, but I made sure to throw a disgraceful tantrum, ruin Osaka's big moment and try to justify it with some crap about gender discrimination and women's rights.
— Claire Lagan (@LaganClaire) September 9, 2018
No she didn't win, and the #"s say she is also misleading you!!! pic.twitter.com/ICQ9aq8sik
— Charlie Rogers (@CharlieRogers25) September 10, 2018
No she didn't and behaved like a child
— Ian Thompson (@IanThom03274260) September 9, 2018
No dear – she attacked the umpire with sexist comments, cried foul play, played the women game and even used your name to gain brownie points but still lost to a girl who was a better player today…DO NOT look up to your MOM on how to handle failures
— Pat (@Patmerne) September 9, 2018
Nope, she instead chose to throw a temper tantrum. So very sad.
— Sandy Brogan (@Sandinator) September 10, 2018
No her behaviour was disgusting
— Lynette walsh (@Lynette44669990) September 9, 2018
No Momma threw a temper tantrum and blamed the ref for her cheating and bad playing. Momma was a poor sport today and needs to apologize to Osaka who was made to feel bad by your Momma for just being better than her. Momma needs a timeout to think about what she did.
— Kara Richardson (@KaraRich1121) September 9, 2018
Nope, she embarrassed herself in the meltdown of the century
— daSn0wMan (@DjSn0wC0ne) September 9, 2018
Whether or not fans believe Serena was in the wrong or not, to express their anger on a photo of her 12-month old child is highly questionable.
Tennis world divided over Serena’s meltdown
Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, was given a warning for a coaching violation before incurring a point penalty for smashing her racquet on Saturday.
After accusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being “a thief for stealing a point from me”, she was docked a game.
The six-times US Open champion, who eventually lost the match 6-2 6-4 was fined $24,000 by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for her outburst.
The WTA and USTA have come out in support of Serena, but the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given its backing to Ramos.
“Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences,” the ITF said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ramos, 47, is the only active tennis umpire to have officiated the men’s singles finals at all four grand slams. He has also been on the chair for the women’s singles finals at three of the four majors – the French Open in 2005, Wimbledon in 2008 and at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.
He received praise from the ITF for his professionalism in one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time.
“It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate,” the ITF added.
“At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”
The ITF’s support for Ramos comes after the WTA expressed disappointment over the handling of the match and the USTA’s plans to review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies.
Williams’ behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity.
Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for the 36-year-old.