Serena Williams has received fines totaling $17,000 for the three code violations she was charged with Saturday during her U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka.
The tournament referee’s office assessed her $3,000 for breaking her racket, $4,000 for being warned about receiving coaching from the stands and $10,000 for what was called “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
The fine will be deducted from her $1.85 million runner-up earnings.
Williams lost 6-2, 6-4 to the 20-year-old Osaka, who won her first Grand Slam tournament. But Osaka’s victory was overshadowed by the confrontation that occurred late in the match between Williams and Ramos.
The first violation occurred in the second set when Ramos ruled that Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was coaching her from the stands. Williams insisted she was not being coached and had not cheated.
The second violation was called when she smashed and mangled her racquet after losing a game. She continued to chide Ramos, telling him he owed her an apology about the first penalty, and was penalized a point.
And the verbal abuse penalty came when she called him a “thief,” which led to a game being awarded to Osaka.
“You stole a point from me; you’re a thief, too,” Williams said.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles and was seeking her seventh U.S. Open championship. Margaret Court of Australia holds the all-time record of 24 major titles.
–Field Level Media