Serena Williams fined $17000 for code violations at U.S. Open
01:57, Sep 10, 2018
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Williams, seeking a first Grand Slam title since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1 2017, was denied a 24th Grand Slam title that would have matched Margaret Court's all-time record.
This left Ramos with no choice but to hand out a game penalty, meaning Williams was on serve but Osaka was just one game away from history.
But the victory was overshadowed by the three code violations handed to Williams by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the match. Her temper flared when Ramos issued a warning about a potential coaching violation.
She said she did so because the momentous win was finally starting to dawn on her: "I felt like I needed a break from everything".
That drew a second code violation - and, automatically, cost Williams a point.
2017 men's finalist Kevin Anderson urged Osaka to feel proud "for competing against someone you (and the rest of us) admire so much to win your first slam".
That prompted the outburst that was picked up by the microphone on court. I explained that to you and for you to attack my character then something is wrong.
"You will never be on another court of mine as long as you live". You are a liar. You stole a point from me. Say it. Say you're sorry. "The fact that I have to go through this is an example. You're a thief, too!"
"I'm not a cheater".
"She was so focused", the 36-year-old Williams said.
Two-time finalist and former world number one Victoria Azarenka tweeted: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".
Added Williams, with a laugh: "I really hope to continue to go and play here again. That is not right". It made me feel like it was a sexist remark.
Mouratoglou then suggested tennis needs to change some of its code rules.
"I have never cheated in my life", she said.
"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said.
The view from the crowd during the trophy ceremony.
To recap, Williams' final match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, took a hard turn on Saturday when she was given a violation for gestures made by her coachPatrick Mouratoglou. [INAUDIBLE]. He said I was being coached but I was not being coached.
New York, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan (R) hugs Serena Williams of the United States (L) after their match in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Osaka will join the group of skilled players - Serena Williams, Alizé Cornet, countless others - who were robbed of their moments because of a power structure that refuses to treat them fairly.
The first warning was handed out to Williams after her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was spotted attempting to signal towards the American. Fans, members of the media, celebrities and casual observers weighed in, with the match and Serena shooting to the top of the site's trending topics. Her ugly rant at a line judge marred Kim Clijsters's semi-final win over her in 2009 and she infamously called chair umpire Eva Asderaki "unattractive inside" in a tantrum during her 2011 final loss to Samantha Stosur.
She described the awarding of penalties for relatively minor infractions as "pure pettiness" and an "abuse of power".
The former French Open victor added that "tennis is the loser".
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