Who is saying what about Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown?

Serena Williams has a heated discussion with the match referee during her US Open final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka. (AFP)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Who is saying what about Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown?

  • American ace called umpire a "thief" during her defeat in New York.
  • Serena now the focus of all the discussion after Osaka wins her first Grand Slam.

Serena’a US Open final meltdown: Who’s saying what after Naomi Osaka defeated the American in a stormy final on Saturday:

“Thank you @serenawilliams total class at the speech and you truly are the goat.” —Osaka’s coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of Williams, on Twitter.

“If it was men’s match, this wouldn’t happen like this. It just wouldn’t. — Two-time major winner and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Twitter.

“The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire. Second time in this US Open and third time for Serena in a US Open Final. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? When do we decide that this should never happen again ?" — Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou on Twitter.

“@espn just showed Serena and coach while he was “coaching.” She wasn’t even looking. Believe what you want.” — Former US men’s player Mardy Fish.

“Congratulations on winning the 2018 @usopen, @Naomi_Osaka_. This win is just the beginning of a bright future. Tennis is in an exciting place right now with players like you. #Champion #usopen“ — Billie Jean King.

“Serena is a champion & doesn’t deserve it — the same way that Naomi is a champion & doesn’t deserve this atmosphere for her first GS title!" — French WTA player Kristina Mladenovic.

“I also agree with what Patrick said that pretty much all players receive coaching on court. The first warning for me is the most questionable one. Also hard that coaching at WTAs and qualies of slams is okay but not MD slams.” — British player Liam Broady on Twitter

“It’s all on the umpire of course. I was sad to see that Naomi was crying like she lost this final, but she was just playing better today. And no doubt Serena is the greatest champion and GOAT, but that’s rules. It was really heartbreaking final.” — Russian tour player Elena Vesnina

“Mother of all meltdowns” — New York Post headline


Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain under investigation once again over financial fair play rules

Updated 8 min 22 sec ago
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Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain under investigation once again over financial fair play rules

  • French champions again in the spotlight over possible financial fair play irregularities.
  • In June, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body closed its investigation only to re-open it just a month later.

PARIS: UEFA said on Monday it had ordered accusations that Paris Saint-Germain has broken its financial fair play rules to be referred to its financial unit “for further investigation.”
European football’s governing body initially opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending in September 2017 under pressure from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after the French club signed Brazilian midfielder Neymar for a world-record €222 million ($261 million).
Within weeks the club had also agreed a deal to sign teenage striker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for €180 million.
In June, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) closed its investigation only to re-open it just a month later.
UEFA said on Monday the case had now been referred “back to the CFCB Investigatory Chamber for further investigation.”