Serena Williams Fined $17000 for Violations in U.S. Open Final

Serena Williams Fined $17000 for Violations in U.S. Open Final

Serena Williams Fined $17000 for Violations in U.S. Open Final

Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another odd twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism.

Playing on tennis's biggest stage in her first Grand Slam final, the enormity of the moment did not faze Osaka while Williams, contesting her 31st major final, looked unsteady.

Asked if she was prepared for the reception she'll receive as the country's first Grand Slam victor, Osaka said: "Apparently not, because people keep asking me that".

In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of freaky events her victory will only be a footnote to what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows.

"He (Ramos) alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", said Williams.

Williams later received another warning for smashing her racket, which automatically cost her a point, renewing her argument with Ramos, whom she referred to as "a thief" and "a liar", resulting in a third violation for "verbal abuse" and caused her to forfeit a game. Annabel Croft spoke about it saying: 'I feel there is an incredible amount of tension bubbling under the surface with Serena and I think she's doing very well keeping it under wraps.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". "Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis". It isn't, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it", she continued, echoing Williams" point that male players are never penalized for outbursts - even the profane ones. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. "I'm really grateful I was able to play with you, thank you". "More voices are needed to do the same", she added. "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals ..."

The final will probably be remembered for a meltdown from Williams who called the chair umpire a "thief" as much as for the 20-year-old's historic win. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. It's all the evidence you'll need to understand why Williams reacted the way she did.

Williams's tantrum overshadowed an outstanding performance from Osaka, who made her second career title a Grand Slam after winning her first at Indian Wells in March. Ramos interpreted the remark as verbal abuse, and awarded a game to Osaka, putting the eventual victor one game away from victory. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology".

USTA president Katrina Adams issued a statement after the match, making a point of noting Williams' "class and sportsmanship" and calling her "an inspiration to me, personally, and a credit to our sport, win or lose".

The second violation also cost her a point in the match, sparking her renewed verbal attack on Ramos, a code violation which carried a $10,000 fine.

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