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Report: Serena Williams Fined $17K for 3 Code Violations During US Open Final

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist ISeptember 9, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams has reportedly been fined $17,000 (£13,000) for her three code violations during her defeat to Naomi Osaka in Saturday's U.S. Open final at Flushing Meadows.

The six-time U.S. Open champion was initially handed a warning for coaching, was then docked a point for smashing her racket and was finally given a game penalty for verbal abuse by umpire Carlos Ramos.

Williams now also faces a financial penalty for her behaviour in New York, per Sports Illustrated:

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Serena Williams has reportedly been fined $17K for three code violations during the #USOpen final https://t.co/nCNMqoVvAg

AP Sports offered a breakdown of the fine:

AP Sports @AP_Sports

'@SerenaWilliams fined $17,000 for code violations in the final at the #USOpen - $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos. - $4,000 for being warned for coaching. - $3,000 for breaking her racket. @howardfendrich https://t.co/xy7l5foQMq

Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph has been overshadowed by Williams' angry outbursts.

Williams' first violation came when the umpire judged a gesture from Patrick Mouratoglou to be coaching.

He offered his reaction after the match, as shown by the Guardian's Bryan Armen Graham:

Bryan Armen Graham @BryanAGraham

Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou says: "If I'm honest I was coaching, [but] I don't think she looked at me."

Her second code violation came in the second set at 3-2 when she smashed her racket in frustration at a close line call.

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The decision further infuriated Williams, who walked up to Ramos and shouted at him. She followed that up with further discussion at the changeover with Osaka leading 4-3. 

Tennis commentator David Law showed what she said:

David Law @DavidLawTennis

‘You are attacking my character and you owe me an apology. You are a liar. You will never umpire on a court of mine as long as you live. Give me my apology. You stole a point from me and you’re thief too.’ - Serena Williams Code violation. Verbal abuse. Docked a game. #bbctennis

Ramos responded by docking Williams a game, leaving Osaka at 5-3 and on the brink of victory. Williams called for the tournament referee amid a toxic atmosphere in New York as the crowd booed and jeered.

The 36-year-old did return to the court but could not stop Osaka taking the win. Osaka's victory was met with further boos as the home crowd showed their support for the American.

Williams offered her thoughts after the game, as shown by SI Tennis:

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Serena: "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'."

Her fine will come out of her $1.85 million (£1.5 million) prize money for finishing as runner-up in New York, per Howard Fendrich at AP News.

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