Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open final code violations

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her - along with a point penalty - Williams exploded.

She tearfully accused him of being a "thief" and angrily demanded an apology from the official. "You will never, ever be on another court of mine".

Williams was handed multiple controversial penalties in the match, including one that cost her a game and put Osaka up, 5-3, in the second (and final) set.

Williams took the charge as an attack on her character. Osaka is trying to win Japan's first Grand Slam singles title. I mean, like he's never taken a game from a man because he's said thief.

"I felt like I had to focus".

Williams raged at umpire Ramos: "It was not coaching".

Serena Williams wasn't done talking about her U.S. Open outburst.

In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of freaky events her victory will only be a footnote to what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows. Williams denied the accusation and could be heard repeatedly demanding an apology from Ramos.

The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up. "We've got to pull ourselves together here".

"She's always working to improve; always eager to embrace new challenges; and to set new standards".




Serena Williams makes a point to chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the second set of Saturday's U.S. Open final.

The call also resonated after another double standard revealed in the U.S. Open two weeks ago when French player Alize Cornet reversed her backwards shirt on the court, temporarily revealing her black sports bra, resulting in a code violation.

After a confident hold punctuated by a 106 miles per hour ace Osaka broke again to lead 4-1, silencing the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

Osaka teared up as she was finishing her answer, still overwhelmed as she juggled the idea of her winning and Williams losing. "I don't want to do questions", she said on court. When she realised that the next game had started with Osaka ahead 15-love, Williams told Ramos he should have retracted the initial warning for coaching. "They're going to be allowed to do that because of today", Williams said.

Osaka had six aces compared to Williams' three aces in the final.

The tranquility didn't last long. "Ramos had rescued his ego and, in the act, taken something from Williams and Osaka that they can never get back". I shouldn't really think of her as my idol.

"I'm not a cheater". "I don't cheat to win". The 23-time Grand Slam champion was given a warning for coaching after chair umpire Carlos Ramos spotted coach Patrick Mouratoglou communicating with Williams.

Williams went on to thank the crowd, joyfully expressing her desire to be at the Open again, despite her admission that playing there had been tough on her.

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

But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches on 100 percent of the matches.

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