Serena Williams has been fined 17,000 dollars for the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Sunday.
During Saturday’s match, which she lost 6-2 6-4 to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, Williams was handed a coaching violation and a point penalty for breaking her racquet before a heated argument with umpire Carlos Ramos ended with her losing a game.
The tournament referee’s office fined the former world number one 10,000 dollars for the “verbal abuse” of Ramos, 4,000 dollars for being warned for coaching and 3,000 dollars for smashing her racket.
Williams, who was seeking a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, vigorously disputed each of the violations during the match.
She demanded Ramos apologize for handing her a coaching violation and later called the umpire a “thief” for giving her a point penalty.
The American great found herself incensed by a coaching call from the chair early in the second set. Williams stormed over to him and said: ‘It was not coaching. I do not cheat to win. I would rather lose. I just want you to know that.’
After being broken by Osaka she was then handed a second violation for smashing her racquet, which led to a point penalty. Once she realised she had been handed a point penalty, she continued to berate Ramos, branding him a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’. ‘You owe me an apology,’ she said. ‘You will never ever ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are a liar. Say it, say you’re sorry. You stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.’ A game penalty followed and Osaka went on to serve out the match.