Williams fined af­ter US Open loss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

SER­ENA WILLIAMS has been fined a to­tal of $17,000 (ap­prox­i­mately £13,000) for her of­fences dur­ing her de­feat in the US Open fi­nal.

The 23-time grand slam cham­pion lost her cool af­ter be­ing given a warn­ing for coach­ing from the stands early in the sec­ond set against Ja­pan’s Naomi Osaka.

She was pe­nalised a point for a sec­ond of­fence, smashing her racket, and then a game af­ter she ver­bally abused um­pire Car­los Ramos, call­ing him a liar and a thief. That put Williams 5-3 down in the sec­ond set and she went on to lose 6-2 6-4.

This was sup­posed to be the day when Williams fi­nally equalled the all-time record of 24 grand slam sin­gles ti­tles won by Mar­garet Court and more than 23,000 fans packed into Arthur Ashe Sta­dium ea­ger to be a part of her mo­ment.

But in­stead the fi­nal de­scended into ran­cour as Williams and Ramos, a very ex­pe­ri­enced Por­tuguese of­fi­cial, took cen­tre stage, over­shad­ow­ing a re­mark­ably com­posed per­for­mance from 20-year-old Osaka in her first grand slam fi­nal.

Williams was fu­ri­ous when she was given a coach­ing vi­o­la­tion af­ter Ramos spot­ted a hand ges­ture from her coach Pa­trick Mouratoglou, telling the um­pire she would rather lose than cheat. Mouratoglou later ad­mit­ted to ESPN that he had been coach­ing, but Williams in­sisted she had not seen the sig­nal and that they had never dis­cussed such com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

PIC­TURE: ADAM HUNGER/AP

HEATED DE­BATE: Ser­ena Williams, right, ar­gues with ref­eree Brian Ear­ley dur­ing the women’s fi­nal of the US Open, which Naomi Osaka, won 6-2 6-4 on Satur­day night.

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