Serena Williams Fined $17,000 By US Tennis Association Penalises Over Exchange With Umpire

| September 10 , 2018 , 12:38 IST

American star player Serena Williams has been fined with $17,000 for three code violations by the US Tennis Association on Sunday in the wake of her heated exchange during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

The 36-year-old was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during Saturday's US Open final. Williams denied the accusation, however, the coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who was sitting in her box, admitted that he was coaching when he moved his hands.

That violation carried a $4,000 fine, while a second violation for racquet abuse after she smashed her racquet after dropping her serve in the fifth game of the second set which eventually cost her $3,000.

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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.

Her third code of violation of the match also cost her a game, putting Osaka on the brink of what would be a 6-2, 6-4 victory that made her the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam title.

Speaking to media, Serena Williams said, "I just texted Patrick, like, what is he talking about? Because we don't have signals. We have never discussed signals."

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality, For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark," said the 36-year-old.

Serena further said, "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'. For me, it blows my mind. But I'm going to continue to fight for women."