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Serena Williams fined $17,000 for violations in U.S. Open final

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Domingo Copeland | 10 September, 2018, 08:12

Williams lost after receiving multiple penalties from Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos - including a point penalty for breaking her racket, and then a game penalty for arguing with Ramos and calling him a "thief".

ESPN's presentation of the US Open Women's Championship - Naomi Osaka, just 20, shocking the legendary Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 with action on and off the court as controversy engulfed the second set - posted a 2.5 rating for the match itself and a 2.4 for the full three-hour telecast.

The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during Saturday's stormy final.

Williams then received another code violation for a racquet smash at 3-2 in the second set, leading to Ramos docking her a point. She also called him "a thief" for "stealing a point" from her, and demanded an apology. As Osaka stood on the winner's podium after the match, crowd members booed.

"He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", Williams said. I was just so stressed and I kept calling my sister, my poor sister. Williams said. "You owe me an apology". "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

But for me, I felt like I really had to focus during this match because she's such a great champion, and I know that she can come back from any point.

But Williams played a poor game right after that to get broken immediately, and she smashed her racket on the court, destroying it.

In the second set's second game, Ramos warned Williams for getting coaching, which is against the rules in Grand Slam matches.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things and I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality. and for me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark", Williams said.

Osaka ahead 15-love, Williams told Ramos he should have retracted the initial warning for coaching.

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The Grand Slam Committee handed Williams a US$82,500 (S$113,200) fine and put her on two years' probation for an expletive-laced outburst at a line judge during her semi-final against Kim Clijsters.

Williams, meanwhile, though she still clearly feels wronged, isn't deluded about the outcome.

"There are men out here that do a lot worse", she said, "but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" "I know that everyone was cheering for [Serena] and I'm sorry it had to end like this". "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men [the same punishment] does not happen to them".

"Her first Grand Slam win has been marred in some way".

"Being called a cheater, she felt even more humiliated", Mouratoglou said.

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

Mouratoglou took to Twitter afterwards, hitting out at Ramos.

It remains to be seen what will be the decision taken by the top leaders of the tournament and women's tennis when they study in detail what happened in the 50th edition of the last "big" of the year. "It's the most cliched things you could think of, always things that make you go "Ugh".

She will head to Tokyo from NY ahead of the Pan Pacific Open, beginning on September 17, and it is likely to be some homecoming for the player born in Japan but raised in the United States.

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