Serena Williams fined $26000 for US Open outburst

Serena Williams fined $26000 for US Open outburst

Serena Williams fined $26000 for US Open outburst

Serena Williams served up some arguments to the umpire at the U.S. Open finals on Saturday.

Saturday's match between Williams and Naomi Osaka was marred by controversy in the second set after umpire Carlos Ramos penalized Williams a point and then an entire game.

U.S. great Billie Jean King was among those coming down hard on Serena's side in her claim that chair umpire Carlos Ramos penalized her for comments that a male player could have gotten away with.

"I'll tell her first of all that I stood up for what I believed in I stood up for what was right", Williams said.

"He took a point from me after he alleged I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating".

Ramos then issued a third violation, this time for verbal abuse against the chair umpire, costing Williams a game.

The tournament referee's office announced Sunday it docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

"I have never cheated in my life", she said.

Smashing her racket in the second set, frustration was all over Williams' face after she lost the first set to Naomi Osaka of Japan.

After the game, Williams said Ramos had never deducted a game from a male tennis player for calling him a thief.

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King agreed with Williams in a series of tweets, calling out a "double standard". I know you were rooting for me but let's make this the best moment we can and we'll get through it and give credit where it's due and have no more booing. "Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?"

"I'm honest, I was coaching". In the ensuing conversation, the previous cheating accusation came up and Williams demanded an apology for accusing her of cheating.

Former professional tennis player James Blake admits that he has said worst things than Williams during a match and escaped penalty.

The fall-out from this final is likely to rumble on for some time, with the long-time coaching partnership between Williams and Mouratoglou now under real strain. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.

While this sparked a debate about sexism at the U.S. Open, the discussion was further fueled after Novak Djovokic sat in his chair shirtless for several minutes during a break in his quarterfinals match.

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

"I've never seen anything like it. Tennis was the loser and we lost what was potentially a fantastic match", Barker said.

On Twitter, some users wrote that the treatment of Williams as a woman, particularly a woman of colour, was especially egregious.

But not for Osaka, who claimed to not even hear the interactions between Williams and Ramos.

She became the first Japanese women to win the prestigious event with a 6-2 6-4 victory in yesterday's final.

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