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Serena Williams slammed with $17,000 fine for US Open final code violations

Kachi Wachuku in News 10 Sep 2018
  • Serena Williams saga continues as the legend is handed $17,000 fine for US Open final outbursts
  • The 23-time major champion lost 2-6 4-6 to Naomi Osaka in Saturday's women's singles final
Serena Williams. (credit: Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serena heavily fined for three code violations during 2018 US Open final



The controversy surrounding the US Open women's final compounds as Serena Williams has just been fined a total of $17,000 for her on-court conduct, according to the United States tennis Association (USTA). The former world no.1 was competing in her 31st Grand Slam singles final against debutante Naomi Osaka of Japan, when Williams was given a warning by umpire Carlos Ramos for receiving coaching - via hand signals - from coach Patrick Mouratoglou in her box. 

A subsequent warning followed in the second set after the American smashed her racquet out of frustration from misplaying a point, this second code violation warning resulted in a point penalty much to the dismay of the 23-time major champion, who called Ramos a "liar and a thief" for stealing her point. The umpire further ruled her statements as verbal abuse, and handed her a third and final code violation warning which equaled a game penalty at 3-4 in the second set. A visibly upset Serena quickly summoned tournament referee Brian Earley and supervisor Donna Kelso to contest this heavy penalty from the umpire, claiming unfair treatment because she's a woman.

Serena Williams reacts to umpire Carlos Ramos after receiving code violation warning . (Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA)


"There are men out there that do a lot worse, but because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?" Williams questioned through tears. "That is not right."

The American went on to hold serve to stay in the match 4-5, but the game penalty meant that Osaka was up a break and would shortly go on to serve for the match and claim her maiden Grand Slam title after an impressive (albeit overshadowed) 6-2 6-4 victory.


The US Open, in a statement, said Ramos' decision was not reviewable, while the Women's Tennis Association released a statement saying that Williams "plays with class."

"There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match," the statement said.

According to the USTA, tournament referee Brian Earley has levied fines against Williams of $4,000 for the coaching violation, $3,000 for racket abuse and $10,000 for the verbal abuse. 

The money will go to the International Tennis Federation's Grand Slam Development Fund.

Williams 2018 US Open prize money comes up to $1.85 million for her runner-up finish.


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Serena Williams slammed with $17,000 fine for US Open final code violations

2018 US Open runner-up Serena Williams has been handed a hefty fine of $17,000 for her outbursts during her loss to Naoimi Osaka in the New York final.

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