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

by Dwayne Torres September 10, 2018, 1:57
Serena Williams fined $17,000 for U.S. Open violations

Williams was handed multiple controversial penalties in the match, including one that cost her a game and put Osaka up, 5-3, in the second (and final) set.

Ramos first warned Williams over being coached from her box by Patrick Mouratoglou, which prompted the American tennis star to confront him and demand an apology claiming she would rather lose than cheat.

"I would have thought since Serena's been around long enough she would realise that that probably had nothing to do with her, it's her coach up there doing something", Annacone said on the Tennis Channel.

Carlos Ramos' decision-making, which saw Williams docked a point and then a game over a row sparked by a warning for coaching, has been met with support and criticism.

"I just want to tell you guys, she's played well and this is her first Grand Slam", Williams said.

Williams went on to win her next game at love, but Osaka served out the match to win 6-2, 6-4. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. But 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 all kinds of stuff. He issued a third code violation in response, giving a game to Osaka.

"You stole a point from me; you're a thief, too", she insisted.

She tweeted when a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it. I've never cheated and you owe me an apology.

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"You're attacking my character", she said.

Naomi Osaka walked to the net, the excitement of being a Grand Slam champion mixed with a bit of sadness. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. Not since Maria Sharapova was 19 in 2006 has the U.S. Open had a younger women's champion. But as she and Williams stood for the trophy presentation, the crowd loudly booed and jeered, protesting what they felt was unfair treatment leveled against Williams.

Osaka teared up as she was finishing her answer, still overwhelmed as she juggled the idea of her winning and Williams losing.

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was stunned by the No.20 seed in the first set, falling to a 6-2 defeat in just 34 minutes. Williams went over and shouted and cursed at Tsurubuchi, pointing at her.

Serena Williams reacts during the U.S. Open women's final Saturday night.

Sports columnist for the Washington Post Sally Jenkins was scathing in her rebuke of umpire Carlos Ramos' handling of the situation. But her opponent, Serena Willams, and tennis fans alike were left wondering what was going on after a freaky circumstances cost Williams a game in the second set of Osaka's 6-2, 6-4 win.

Osaka would wrap up her first ever Grand Slam success with a 6-4 second set victory to become the first Japanese woman to win a major.

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