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Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire and match referee in the US Open final

GETTY IMAGES Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire and match referee in the US Open final

The cartoon was intended as a lampoon of the tennis star's angry exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Women's Singles final in NY on Saturday.

The loss of the point prompted Williams to call Ramos a "thief", which led to a third violation for verbal abuse that resulted in the umpire issuing a game penalty, although he could have prevented the incident from escalating, King said. Appreciation for what the 20-year-old achieved in defeating Williams has since been gathering momentum, with Nissan now appointing her its brand ambassador.

The drama started when Ramos handed Williams a coaching violation early in the second set because of hand gestures made from the stands by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

"You are a liar", Williams said, while pointing her finger. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality". She added, "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me it blows my mind".

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world".

Although the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had come to Ramos' defense, saying that his decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.

Williams was fined $17,000, which is deducted from her prize money of $1.85 million as the tournament's runner-up.

The newspaper also posted a news story on the reaction to the cartoon, arguing that it was mostly people outside of Australia who disapproved of it.

Asked how she felt about being a role model for young children, Osaka gave mixed signals.

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Some Twitter users, however, contested that the image was not racist.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

Other US media pointed out that Osaka was portrayed as petite and feminine with blonde straight hair - in real life she has dark curly hair with blonde streaks and is taller than Williams.

Critics said the cartoon used racist and sexist stereotypes.

Knight's twitter account has subsequently been deleted or at the very least deactivated.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston defended the cartoon and Mr Knight in the aftermath of the cartoon being published, news.com.au reported.

"I drew her as an African-American woman, she's powerfully built, she wears these outrageous costumes when she plays tennis - she's interesting to draw".

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

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