Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

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

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

The tournament referee's office announced Sunday it docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket. When she realised that the next game had started with Osaka ahead 15-love, Williams told Ramos he should have retracted the initial warning for coaching.

Ramos first gave Williams a code violation warning for coaching in the second game of the second set.

The USTA didn't seem much offended, however, by Serena's act in which she carried on for a handful of games, haranguing the umpire, demanding apologies, calling him "a thief" and "liar" and threatening he would never officiate another match of hers again. "Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she yelled at officials.

Serena Williams thought she was treated more harshly by the chair umpire in the U.S. Open final than a man would have been. This is not fair. "(He) made me feel like a sexist remark, he never took a game from a man for saying thief".

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The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first slam victor, but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match. "More voices are needed to do the same", she said. "I don't think she looked at me so that's why she didn't even think I was".

The first was for receiving illegal on-court coaching from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Defending her outburst during the emotion-filled match, the talented mother has come out swinging, saying she is fighting for women's right and equality. "I don't cheat! I didn't get coaching".

Will this match be remembered for Osaka's victory, or will it forever be overshadowed by Williams' actions? For this, Ramos announced another violation, but because it was Williams' second, he awarded a point to her opponent as per the rules.

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Serena Williams has begun play in her 31st career Grand Slam final, and Naomi Osaka her first. "You need to make an announcement that I didn't get coaching", she said. When Osaka broke back with the aid of two double faults and a backhand into the net from Williams, the American smashed her racquet to the court.

The 20-year-old professional tennis player has called the match with Williams a "dream match".

U.S. Open officials came onto the court to explain the rules to Williams while she argued that she was being targeted because of her gender.

"Then when I sat down, I said, 'Just to be clear, I can understand what you saw. I have a daughter and I have not cheated in my life". "Maybe in a few days I'll realize what I've done", said Osaka, adding that the noise was so great in Arthur Ashe Stadium and her focus so single-minded that she wasn't fully aware of the escalating controversy. She is the first Japanese player to win the U.S. Open. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?

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