Serena Williams is fined $17,000 for violations during her US Open loss

Yolanda Curtis
September 10, 2018

Ramos issued three violations against Williams - which will cost the tennis star $17,000 - towards the end of the US open final, which she lost to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.

He responded by issuing a third code violation, which results in a lost game. While Williams was adamant that she never receives coaching, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged afterward that he did try to signal Williams, but didn't think she had seen him.

Following a controversial championship match loss at the U.S. Open on Saturday, tennis star Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by tournament officials.

She accused Mr Ramos of being a liar when he penalised her for cheating, saying she would rather lose than cheat to win.

With jeers bouncing off the arena's closed roof, both players - the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams - wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved.

Later, Williams received another violation for smashing her racket after missing a shot, which meant she was also issued a one-point deduction. Williams again approached Ramos and demanded an apology.

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But Serena wasn't finished with Ramos.

It remains to be seen what will be the decision taken by the top leaders of the tournament and women's tennis when they study in detail what happened in the 50th edition of the last "big" of the year. You will never be on a court with me as long as you live. I'm grateful I was able to play with you. Say it. Say you're sorry.

"I have never cheated in my life", she said. Here's everything you need to know about him! "You're a thief." Ramos, who is known on the circuit for being officious and has previously been criticised for unfair treatment by the leading male players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, deducted a game from the American. That made it 5-3 for Osaka.

During a 10-minute break from the blistering heat at Flushing Meadows, Cornet rushed off-court to change her shirt.

At the Tokyo head office of Nissin Foods Holdings Co., one of Osaka's sponsors, about 150 people watched the match on a large-screen television.

Then came Williams' infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a to-do over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.

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Williams began the final by taking a 1-0 advantage, before dropping five consecutive points to Osaka in the first set.

2017 men's finalist Kevin Anderson urged Osaka to feel proud "for competing against someone you (and the rest of us) admire so much to win your first slam".

Saturday's dramatic match drew ESPN's second-best U.S. Open overnight rating of its 225 U.S. Open telecasts, the network said in a news release.

Osaka apologized to the crowd.

Billie Jean King, a tennis great and pioneer, congratulated Osaka in a tweet before thanking Williams in a separate one for calling out a double standard between men and women in the sport: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it". 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. Williams then put her arm around the athlete in a show of support.

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