Serena Williams fined $17000 for US Open Violations

Bobbie Reid
September 10, 2018

Tennis - Tennis legend Billie Jean King says there is a double standard in tennis when it comes to rules applied to women and men, after Serena Williams was penalized a game during her US Open final defeat against Naomi Osaka on Saturday night.

She was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" after he handed down the coaching code violation.

During Saturday's match, Umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for illegal coaching. after her coach appeared to be sending apparent hand signals.

The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men v women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same.

While the big anticipation and the intriguing matchup of Williams and hot upstart Naomi Osaka were expected to drive ratings, few expected the big controversy and epic meltdown by Williams that engulfed the second set and may have cost her the match.

"But she faced neither in that Grand Slam final". I don't see things as Mr. Simon does. The suggestion of one columnist that Ramos' position in a high chair during the match was itself a symbol of entrenched privilege overlooks the very reason for such positioning: the official is required to have a perspective on the match that the committed competitors can not.

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", said Martina Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a record nine Wimbledon titles, and has been a longtime advocate for equality in the sport". I think he would have (said that to a male player), I think it's a bond that they have and they way they communicate, and maybe not understanding they can have that same conversation with the women'.

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"It began, really, two nights before, when she beat Madison Keys in the semifinals and immediately embraced the chance to play Serena in the final",'s Steve Tignor pointed out.

After the match, Williams was fined a total of US$17,000: US$10,000 for verbal abuse, the largest single fine of the U.S. Open so far; US$4,000 for the coaching violation; and US$3,000 for racket abuse.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief". "I just want to say thank you for watching the match".

I think Serena overreacted, I think that outburst was unwarranted and I can't help but think that a lot of it had to do with the heat that was coming from the other side of the net.

"I just feel like, as Serena said yesterday in the closing ceremonies, Osaka deserves to have her moment".

"It's hard to generalize things", he said.

Serena Williams has to pay for the fines out of her $1.85 Million tournament winnings.

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