New York — Serena Williams insisted she was not cheating in the US Open final on Saturday before accusing the sport that has made her a global icon and multi- millionaire of sexism. The final was overshadowed by the American’s angry and tear-filled tirade in the second set. The 36-year-old was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief". "He alleged I was cheating, and I wasn’t," Williams said later. "I don’t use on-court coaching. It’s the one time I don’t want to hear anyone tell me anything. You have to problem-solve." Williams said that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, had not been coaching her even though the Frenchman told ESPN that he had and that all coaches do it. "What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals," said Williams. She said the incident strengthened her belief that female players are treated differently from male counterpar...

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