The mods do or did skew heavily to Mel fans so they've always shutdown threads about her quick. The orphans also report and bully and harass in mass numbers which tends to alert mods to things more. It's par for the course though. How quickly did they want to sweep the drug suspension and cheating under the rug?
The only good thing about this event this time is that it's actually sparked debate unlike '09 and '11 were everything was just Serena's fault. Yes the racists are having a field day but there have been a lot of people who have come out in support of Serena and the double standard is being widely criticized.
I’ve been avoiding any and all coverage of this, but if there’s anything I have observed it’s that people are forgetting Serena’s side. Most of the mainstream articles (even the pro-Serena ones) have immediately jumped to the “meltdown” and haven’t covered what led up to it. Serena felt like she was getting called a cheater because from her viewpoint, all she saw was Patrick giving her a thumbs up. She even said that Ramos and her’s first exchange was a good one and that she felt like he understood because of her 20+ track record of not getting coached, even when it’s legal. Then, the point penalty really shook her. I think if Serena would have realized the coaching penalty was already put, she wouldn’t have smashed her racquet which caused her to get upset at Ramos for taking a point from her. Then the game penalty was just overkill.
The media isn’t covering that, they’re covering Serena’s argument about how she was mistreated vs “rule breaking”. The majority of people I’ve talked this over with in real life aren’t seeing the lead up to the “meltdown” all they’re seeing is Serena having a fit. And that’s the issue. She’s being dehumanized and her side isn’t being covered. Up until the game penalty (which she didn’t even hear until the scoreboard clicked over) Serena had no idea what was going on. It was clear. She legitimately felt cheated, especially due to her conversation with Ramos after the coaching violation. It happened way too quickly and Ramos did not do his duty to make it clear what was going on. Osaka said that as well. She had no idea what was going on either. If I was in a grand slam final where I had just been a break up and then all of a sudden I’m down 5-3, and it all happened in a 15-second window when I had no idea what was going on, I would be grumpy af too.
It’s the polar opposite for Pova. She was overhumanized by the media. They cited her “pre diabetes” and “heart conditions” and the fact that the drug had only been banned for two weeks. They went out of their way to make excuses and talk about how she couldn’t have possibly seen the emails and whatnot. The fact of the matter is, Pova was doping for a decade and if that had been Serena, she’d probably be in San Quinton right now or something. Pova gets the red carpet rolled out on her comeback. It’s a horrible double standard that isn’t male vs female and sexism and gender equality related, its race. Point blank. It’s a race issue. Tennis has always been cookie-cutter, all-whites, Country club, “poise and grace” and anything outside of that mold is seen as a threat to the tennis establishment. Althea Gibson paved the way to break down these barriers, Arthur Ashe carried the battering ram and Venus and Serena are still pounding at that wall. Eventually something has to give. Like someone else said, with Clijsters, Serena was the “big mean threatening black woman” but since Osaka isn’t white, they’re having to find other means to tear at Serena and using her innocent ignorance to what was happening is how they’re doing it this time, that, and “stealing Osaka’s moment”.
Were rules broken? Yes. But like everyone who knows this sport knows, everyone gets coached from the box and it should be a penalty on the coach, not the player. Especially if the player didn’t even see the coach. Ramos took it way too far and didn’t make it clear what he was doing. Serena was just reacting to the shock of being docked a game in one of the most important matches in her career, which she was probably on her way to losing anyway. After the media has loved and adored and hyped her up now for a few years. And because of her reaction, the fact that she was going to lose to a “nobody” especially after all the adoration, the media is having to put all the blame on Serena and her emotions, because they feel like she has “robbed” them of a good story. In any world, black or white, ‘24 grand slams’ is a better click than “Serena shock defeat by whatshername”. So because this happened, now “Serena meltdown. Cites double standards. Here’s why she’s a bully, crybaby and WRONG” is a better click than “Serena shock defeat by whatshername”. Whereas with Pova, they kept her name out of the gutter when she did something that many many others would have been butchered for. And it’s because of race. It’s just so clear to me.