Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 for three code violations during the U.S. Open final.
Williams was fined $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket by the tournament referee’s office.
The money will come out of Serena William’s prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up.
Williams objected right away, saying she would never cheat.
However, after the match ended, Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, in an interview with ESPN, acknowledged he had tried to signal Williams, but said he didn’t think she had seen him – and added that he thinks every player gets coaching during matches.
Naomi Osaka had won the U.S. Open to become the first Grand Slam champion from Japan, beating Williams 6-2, 6-4.
Serena was penalized several times during the match against Naomi Osaka.
When it was time to receive her trophy, Osaka did to a chorus of boos from the crowd while Williams was obviously upset during the press conference after the match.
Serena believes she was only penalized because she was a woman.