Australian cartoonist criticized over 'racist' Serena Williams sketch


One of the world's best female tennis players slammed Serena Williams for her meltdown at the U.S. Open, bluntly calling it "bulls***".

He also Tweeted out the front page of the Herald Sun that reads, "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed".

It was business as usual until the second set when, per CBS Sports, "Williams was given a warning from Ramos after the umpire determined her coach was attempting to instruct her using hand signals, which results in code violation".

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka said.

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

Alexis Ohanian Sr, 35, claimed the cartoon, drawn by Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight, was both "racist" and "misogynistic" in a Twitter post on Thursday.

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

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Osaka received $3.8 million for her U.S. Open win, more than doubling her career winnings to date. I couldn't tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there.

The Herald Sun and the cartoonist denied the accusation, and despite the reactions and outrage it provoked, the paper reprinted the cartoon on Wednesday under the front page headline "WELCOME TO PC WORLD".

"I don't think I even thought about feeling sad because there's no experience for me to draw on in any other Grand Slam final", she added.

"It's not something that I have to think about". You stole a point from me. Strycova asked. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

Williams was "simply outplayed and lost her temper in a very big and ill-disciplined blow-up", the column said.

A video emerged on Twitter yesterday of a young Osaka setting up a "chopstick competition" with her older sister Mari, where the aim was to see who could place 10 beans into a bowl and then take it out the quickest - with chopsticks!

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