If you want to selectively cherry pick what Patrick M said to justify the penalty, then others can use his full quote to say why Ramos was trying to search for something that he could have left alone. A ref's job is to manage a game in a way where folks don't even notice he/she is there.
The 3rd penalty which was the most costly in terms of losing a whole game in a tightly contested 2nd set was totally unnecessary. You've had other players come out and say how they've been given a soft warning for much worse. Yep..it's not his fault that Serena was behaving like a hysterical baby just because Naomi was matching her punch for punch. It was his fault that instead of just ignoring that he decided to get all sensitive about being called a thief and without any further warning docked a crucial game. A noted ref like him should know better.
Also, as I mentioned, if the argument is that players should never argue with refs, then make the rules uniform and immediate so that players, no matter how famous, know that they will immediately get a conduct penalty anytime they argue. Totally fine with that. Don't just enforce it arbitrarily and randomly.
Being called a thief wouldn't make me sensitive. Saying F-U or something equivalent would have made me penalize a game with no warning.
**** You left out the fact she stood up & pointed her finger at him like he works for her and demanded an apology on several changeovers. ****
If she stayed in the chair and just chirped, without standing up and pointing fingers, not shouting demands on each changeover, you likely would not see that game penalty.
What guy or women has done that? McEnroe. And guess what. He was given a game penalty. She & McEnroe have a history with umpires and line judges so why should she be given extra leeway? Isn't Serena smart and able to figure things out? She had two violations but didn't figure that out?
All she figured out down 4-3 after losing her serve was, I am going to lose again to a 20-yr old and miss my chance at #24. I better get back at Carlos., try to interrupt the flow of the match (change momentum) and hope my 20-yr old opponent who idolized me growing up loses her focus so I can come back. That didn't work. So, now she uses the sexist card and I'm a mom. WT_