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Serena ‘out of line’ but both sides share blame: King
September 13, 2018
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Former world number one Billie Jean King has softened her initial stance on the controversy over Serena, who was “totally out of line” when she vehemently disputed calls by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final.

“Serena was out of line. There’s no question,” King told CNN on Tuesday. “No one is saying she was a good sport. If they are they are crazy.

“She was totally out of line. She knows it.” 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. She also did not criticise Williams’ on-court behaviour. King, however, said Williams was not aware she had been handed a first violation and was surprised to have a point taken from her when she received a second for later smashing her racquet.

“The point is he (aggravated) the situation. ‘I’m not attacking your character,’ is the most important thing he could have said,” King told CNN.

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