Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Serena fined £13,156 for behaviour in final

Serena fined £13,156 for behaviour in final

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

Osaka showed nerves of steel on Saturday to secure the biggest win of her life and become Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion but the 20-year-old's triumphant moment was lost in the controversy surrounding Williams.

The U.S. Tennis Association weighed in shortly before noon Sunday, announcing that Williams was being fined $17,000 for three code violations.

When Ramos called both players over to explain the game penalty, which put Osaka ahead 5-3, Williams began laughing, saying: "Are you kidding me?"

Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on, he said.

Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, vigorously disputed each of the violations during the match.

Williams smashed the racquet after Osaka broke her serve to take a 3-2 lead, which is automatically a point penalty.

"I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me", Williams said.

"I just texted Patrick, like, 'What is he talking about?'". Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". It isn't and, as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. Like, I really didn't hear anything that was going on. Williams emotionally had told him that she does not cheat and has a daughter for whom she tries to set an example.

Williams burst into tears, trying to correct her unfortunate performance during the match, in which she failed to achieve her twenty-fourth Grand Slam title. There's also the freakish "abuse" citation, which Ramos doled out because Williams called him a "thief" - certainly far from the worst thing an athlete has called an official during an event.

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In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she "was not being coached" and that she "did not understand" why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so.

Williams approached Ramos after the call.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behavior and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

Williams added that the incident strengthened her belief that women players are treated differently from their male counterparts.

"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 would tell them, "Don't do it", she said with a laugh at the idea of being someone's idol. "I know that everyone was cheering for [Serena] and I'm sorry it had to end like this". This is a grand slam final'.

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". "I've seen other men call other umpires several things".

Mouratoglou took to Twitter afterwards, hitting out at Ramos. How many other men do things?

"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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