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Serena Williams could have taken my name to strengthen gender disparity case: John McEnroe

ANI  |  Cape Town [South Africa] 

Months after the bitter-sweet memory of the US Open, former world number one is 'surprised' that American ace Williams didn't refer to his name to strengthen her case of alleged gender disparity.

Williams drew widespread support and criticism for her dramatic meltdown at the in New York, as she labelled umpire a "liar" and a "thief" and claimed sexism after she received three code violations. Japanese counterpart defeated the American 6-2, 6-4 to deny latter from registering her 24th Grand Slam.

"She (Williams) was absolutely right to say men have got away with worse. I am surprised she didn't invoke my name there. I wasn't disappointed just surprised!" Sport24 quoted McEnroe, who was famously disqualified from after a meltdown of his own.

While responding to Williams' meltdown, said: "If thief is the worst word she used, I have got some bad news for you. There are a lot of other players, including myself, in a lot of other that have done far worse. Come on."

"If I use a four-letter word and say that you are a "blanking blank", which let's say hypothetically I have used in the past, do you think that would be worse than saying that you are a thief? The way it panned out with Serena, she was wrong and so was the umpire. Maybe she just wanted it too bad. In the end, she shot herself in the foot," he added.

Williams is slated to defend her title when she will participate in the 2019 edition of

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 14:05 IST