Young and old disapprove of Serena’s US Open conduct

By N.Carroll October 8, 2018
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Following one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time, the UK sports community have given a resounding condemnation of modern-day tennis great Serena Williams’ behaviour at the 2018 US Open.

A new SMI poll showed that 81% of sports fans believed the 23-time Grand Slam Champion's behaviour in the final was inappropriate, with only 7% of the opinion that her actions were warranted and 11% remaining undecided.

Serena’s justification for her outbursts came in the form of post-match claims of gender discrimination, however only 20% of respondents thought her claims had merit. Though this figure was considerably higher among female sports fan at 34%. 

In a similar vein, 60% of men who participated in the poll deemed both her behaviour and claims to be inappropriate and / or unfounded compared to 45% of women.

While there were no major variations across age groups, it was the youngest (18-24) and oldest (65+) age groups who disapproved most of both Serena’s behaviour and discrimination claims at 70% and 68% respectively, over 15% higher than those aged between 35 and 54.

Despite the controversy, Naomi Osaka dominated the match and went on to claim a deserved maiden Grand Slam; the first ever won by a Japanese tennis player.

 


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