In becoming her country's first ever Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with".
Strycova also hinted that she found it odd for the WTA Tour and US Tennis Association to release statements in support of Williams.
According to Associated Press journalist Andrew Dampf, US Tennis Association head Katrina Adams, who had fiercely supported Williams, was heard apologizing to Ramos at the draw for the Davis Cup semis.
She insisted there was no coaching going on during the match from her trainer Patrick Mouratoglou, despite him admitting he had been making signals. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated.
Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning. "If it's like this, let me know", she said. You owe me an apology.
Serena Williams yells at umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match in New York City on September 8, 2018. "It's because I am a woman, and that's not right". Given her tennis prowess and Serena's relentless quest to stay at the top of her game, we have no doubt the two champions will meet on the court many more times - hopefully under more "normal" circumstances. Ms Williams should have accepted his ruling but, rather than focus on getting back into the match (which she was losing), she let it stew to the point that when she lost the next game she smashed her racquet onto the court - an automatic violation. Serena's claim that the umpire's decisions was unfair and complaint that "this has happened to me too many times, " fell on deaf ears. She received an automatic game loss.