Serena Williams fined $17,000 for outburst at the US Open

Emmett Rice
September 10, 2018

And yet the likes of a John McEnroe-notorious for loudly swearing and insulting chair umpires-have never faced the kind of penalties that Ramos dished out to Williams on Saturday.

"I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams said to the chair umpire before returning to the baseline.

"I didn't receive coaching", she screamed at Ramos.

Although Williams' feud with Ramos appeared to overshadow Osaka's historic 6-2 6-4 victory, the two women shared an emotional moment together when Williams hugged Osaka, who considers Williams - the victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles - her childhood idol.

The American was initially outraged at receiving a code violation for coaching, insisting she had not taken guidance from her box, and then picked up a point penalty for racquet abuse before a prolonged tirade at Ramos resulted in Williams being docked a game for verbal abuse. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief, '" Williams said at her news conference.

A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2 6-4. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times".

He responded by issuing a third code violation, which results in a lost game.

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"I'm honest, I was coaching".

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it", wrote King.

'You owe me an apology. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in Saturday's final. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.

Did you watch the women's US Open grand final? This made the 36-year-old Williams even more upset, leading to her further chastising Ramos - including calling him a "thief".

Williams's tantrum overshadowed an outstanding performance from Osaka, who made her second career title a Grand Slam after winning her first at Indian Wells in March.

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals, so I'm really glad I was able to do that", Osaka said. (Williams' coach later admitted to coaching Williams, although he doesn't believe she saw him.) Williams reacted strongly to the accusation. She doubled down on that in her post-match remarks.

Cornet had returned from a 10-minute heat break when she became aware of the wardrobe malfunction but the umpire's decision to punish her prompted allegations of double standards after male tennis stars including Novak Djokovic removed their shirts on court to cool down. "I felt bad, because I'm crying, and she's crying, and she just won, and I'm not sure if they were happy tears or sad tears because of the moment", she explained. Earlier in the match, Ramos handed down a warning for coaching following hand gestures from Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Osaka - who had kept her cool throughout the chaos - thankfully managed to put an end to proceedings by holding serve and becoming Japan's first ever grand slam victor.

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