Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

Tennis legend Chris Evert tweeted that Ramos should have warned Williams about the verbal abuse violation before penalizing her.

Osaka, playing in her first major final against a 23-time Grand Slam champion she idolized as a child, capped an outstanding two weeks in which she also beat 2017 runner-up Madison Keys by simply outplaying her hero.

"I felt like, 'Wow this isn't how I felt when I won my first grand slam, ' so I was like, 'I definitely don't want her to feel like that, '" Williams said.

A match with history at stake for both players got off to a tense start and it was Williams who blinked first, double-faulting on break point to give Osaka a 2-1 lead.

The way Williams lost, of course, was what stood out most in the match. "Sascha (Bajin, Osaka's coach) was coaching every point, too". How dare you insinuate that I was cheating... I would rather lose. Here's everything you need to know about him!

Jenkins claimed a gender double standard was at work as well. "I mean, he's never taken a game from a man because he said thief".

Osaka prevailed against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in NY to deny Williams a record 24th major and become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Williams again approached Ramos and demanded an apology. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live.

"You are attacking my character and you owe me an apology. You are the liar", she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set. "You will never do another one of my games".

Though her nerves on the tennis court don't show it, it was a reminder of just how youthful the 20-year-old Osaka is.

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In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of weird 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.

"I don't want to be rude, I don't want to do questions". Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me? "It's been tough here for me". "Actress Gabrielle Union called her "the best athlete the world has ever seen" and said Osaka demonstrated "#BlackGirlMagic & fierce determination".

Serena Williams of the United States reacts during the final changeover. She was really nice to me, like, at the net and on the podium.

In a further exchange, Williams again informed umpire Ramos that she is not a cheat and did not receive coaching from Mouratoglou, even adding that she had a daughter so would not do that.

Liam Broady, the current British No.4, praised the umpire for his handling of the situation.

"If I'm honest I was coaching, I don't think she looked at me", he said.

It is not the first time Williams has been involved in a controversial moment at Flushing Meadows.

In a semi-final against Kim Clijsters in 2009, she was penalised for threatening a line judge and subsequently fined. He refused and she called him a thief for stealing a point from her in a championship match.

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