Did sexism play a role in Serena Williams' loss at the US Open?

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A new Statistics Views article examines whether sexism played a role in what took place in the final round of the women's singles at the 2018 US Open, when American tennis superstar Serena Williams was fined for three code violations that caused her to be penalized during a game when she criticized the umpire for a controversial call and labeled him a "thief."

The article points to several studies revealing that women are disciplined and discredited for expressing anger, suggesting that the umpire may have penalized Williams to a degree that he would not have done if a man had acted the same way. This does not make it acceptable to act inappropriately on the tennis court, but it does point to the need to look at inherent biases and how they might influence not just matches, but people's entire livelihoods.

"I was just really curious as to whether there was any research to back up Serena's claims," said Allison Goldstein, the article's author. "And the answer is kind of yes-and-no. Sexism is so hard to prove in any tangible, numeric way. I hope this incident at least raises the possibility in people's minds."

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Oct 11, 2018
The only thing sexist was letting that big ugly man play against that nice little Japanese girl.

Oct 12, 2018
Williams cheated....Williams got caught....Williams lost.

Oct 12, 2018
And the answer is kind of yes-and-no.

Yes and no...what?

According to:

Yes; in general studies both women and men are more critical of women who show anger as opposed to men who show anger.
No; according to statistics "there isn't any real concrete evidence to show that, when it comes to being issued a violation, women are treated any more unfairly than men."
Conclusion; since Yes for studies, therefore "it stands to reason that Ramos penalized Serena to a degree that he would not have done if a man had acted the same way."

If anyone knows, how does an umpire decide on a fine amount? From what I can find, it looks like each violation has an up to $20,000 fine? Also are these fine amounts recorded anywhere?

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