Serena handed $17,000 fine for US Open final conduct

Serena Williams was fined a total of US$17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final

Serena Williams was fined a total of US$17,000 for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final

Serena Williams' behaviour in Saturday's U.S. Open final divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a "liar" and a "thief" and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to Naomi Osaka.

Among other insults, for following the rules of first issuing her with a warning for the admitted attempts of her coach to influence her performance; then handing out a penalty point when she smashed her racquet to smithereens as the bitter prospect of defeat beckoned and finally penalising her a game for her unbecoming insults.

He argued with the umpire that his words couldn't be considered to be obscene, called for a supervisor to intervene, while telling the umpire: "You are the most corrupt official in the game and you can't do that". "I'd rather lose. Every time I play here, I have problems".

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open meltdown

Male tennis pros James Blake and Andy Roddick called bull on the umpire Carlos Ramos who hit Williams with the hefty fines after a heated conversation in which he blamed her for cheating by getting coaching from the sidelines, Yahoo reports.

Had Mouratoglou been allowed to counsel Williams during the match, her meltdown could have been avoided. Inspired by the Williams sisters, her father began coaching her early on. After years of struggles and time away because of four wrist operations, his rebuilt backhand and strong-as-ever forehand make him, once again, someone to consider a contender. It isn't, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. The women's pro tour agreed.

Serena also accused Ramos of sexism.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality".

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"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final".

Adams said: "We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers, nothing happens".

"There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match", it said.

"It began, really, two nights before, when she beat Madison Keys in the semifinals and immediately embraced the chance to play Serena in the final", Tennis.com's Steve Tignor pointed out. Let's give everyone credit where credits due...

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"It all centred around coaching. the sport has to really get itself sorted out on what it does with coaching", Tiley said.

Chair umpires typically receive gifts during trophy presentations, but Ramos was notably absent for the ceremony.

On Sunday, the United States Tennis Association said the tournament referee Brian Earley had ruled that Williams would be fined $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for racket abuse, and $10,000 for verbal abuse. "I know Serena is a crowd favourite, it's NY, it's in America and it's the US Open so I knew everyone knew how badly she wanted to win the 24th Grand Slam".

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