Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open

Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open

After losing a couple of points following two double faults and netting a backhand, Williams smashed her raquete into the ground, inviting a second code violation for "racquet abuse".

That is in keeping with the events that cascaded in such ugly fashion Saturday night, when she was warned for receiving coaching during the match against Naomi Osaka, penalized a point for destroying her racket and docked a game at a critical moment in the second set for what chair umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be verbal abuse.

Naomi Osaka won the final 6-2 6-4 to become Japan's first ever Grand Slam singles champion and delay Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th major title. Afterward, she spoke about why she called Ramos a thief for taking her point and game and how she had cited Olympia in telling him on the court, "I don't cheat to win".

She did not waver serving either for the first set or the match and time and again drew the error from Williams, who was appearing in her 31st slam final, rather than the other way around.

The American appealed for calm in her runners-up speech, asking her supporters to "give credit" to Osaka's achievement, and the victor was then applauded.

"He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", Williams told reporters later.

"That I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman", she said.

On Saturday, Williams repeatedly told Ramos she wanted an apology. Like, I really didn't hear anything that was going on. And this is her first Grand Slam... For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. While Williams was adamant that she never receives coaching, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged afterward that he did try to signal Williams, but didn't think she had seen him.

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Williams approached Ramos after the call.

Osaka is just 20, 16 years younger than Williams - and grew up idolizing the American, even asking her to pose for a selfie together at a tournament just a handful of years ago.

"This is outrageous", said Williams warming to her theme.

"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 feel so sorry for Naomi Osaka. "Odd to do that in a Grand Slam final", Mouratoglou said. I'm not sure if they were happy tears or they were just sad tears, because of the moment.

Under Article III, Section P, "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". Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times".

Mouratoglou took to Twitter afterwards, hitting out at Ramos. "I've seen other men call other umpires several things. It's the most cliched things you could think of, always things that make you go "Ugh".

But as the dust settles, Osaka, Williams and those who watched are all starting to parse Osaka's achievement from the controversy that had transpired.

"If they can't adhere to the rules then they will have to allow the coaching because we can't have things like this outburst anymore".

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