Serena Williams fined $17K for rules violations at US Open

Posted September 10, 2018

Serena Williams insisted she did not cheat in Saturday's US Open final before accusing the sport of tennis, which earned her millions and made her a global icon, of "sexism".

Former world number one star Andy Roddick defended Ms Williams and said he had "regrettably said worse and I've never gotten a game penalty". The U.S. Tennis Assn. later apologized to Williams for umpire Mariana Alves' overruling the linesperson on a call in which the linesperson had been correct.

A few games later, Williams slammed her racquet and broke it.

Williams first disputed a warning for coaching, was given a point penalty for smashing a racket and then was handed a game violation after unleashing a torrid volley of abuse at Ramos.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behavior and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

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Down 3-4 in the set, Williams told Ramos, "You stole a point from me and you are a thief". Lahyani climbed out of his chair during a changeover, stood with hands on knees, and spoke to Kyrgios, saying, among other things, "I want to help you".

"I know that everyone was cheering for her", Osaka told the crowd, "and I'm sorry it had to end like this".

But as the boos and whistles rained down on the court during the awards ceremony, Williams resumed her role as the sport's leader, urging the fans to appreciate the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor also made reference to an incident last week at Flushing Meadows when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court during a heatwave.

King tweeted, "when a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it".

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"I'll tell her, first of all, if she sees it, that, you know, I stood up for what I believed in".

The victory made Murray, who won here a year ago with Martina Hingis, the first man to win consecutive US Open mixed doubles titles since Bob Bryan in 2003-04.

"Because the young player outplayed her in the first set, I think pressure got her more than anything".

Here's what the big-picture takeaway should be: Tennis needs a commissioner to oversee all aspects of the sport, someone to make sure there is consistency in the rules and the way they are applied.

Williams added that the incident strengthened her belief that women players are treated differently from their male counterparts. "I just want to say thank you for watching the match". Then came Williams' infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a to-do over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur. He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal coordination - to be able to take our shirt off on the court without getting a fine.

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Former umpire Richard Ings, who was also in charge of officials and rules on the men's tour, backed Ramos' actions. So, yeah, I just thought, like, no matter what happens outside of the court, for me, when I step on the court, it's just about tennis.' Is there one word or one phrase that really summarize this experience of being the US Open champion? To lose a game for saying that, it's not fair. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men that doesn't happen".