Serena Williams' 'bulls***' US Open outburst hammered by opponent Barbora Strycova

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The cartoonist said on Tuesday that "the world has just gone crazy", telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation it "was just about Serena on the day having a tantrum".

"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy".

In the cartoon you can see his depiction of Serena stomping on a tennis racket while a pacifier lies on the ground next to her.

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

King's remarks to CNN were something of a walk back of her earlier comments when she said in a Washington Post editorial that Williams had faced down sexism with her protests.

He later shared an image of the front page, which included a series of other cartoons the newspaper was suggesting could offend the "self-appointed censors".

'It had nothing to do with gender or race, ' he said in the publication.

Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Melbourne's Herald Sun, defended his cartoonist. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them.

Carlos Ramos returned to umpiring duty in Marin Cilic's straight sets win over Frances Tiafoe as Croatia assumed control of their Davis Cup semi-final with the United States of America.

"And I also really like Venus [Williams], I'm really grateful I had the chance to play her".

It is well known that Williams is one of Osaka's idols but she's now opened up on how she narrowly avoided bumping into another of her heroes at the US Open.

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", the statement read. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. "Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book", it added.

Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, also took a swipe at Williams' behaviour, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men.

"In her straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams was simply outplayed and lost her temper in a enormous and ill-disciplined blow-up".

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