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Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For Violations During Her US Open loss

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 for breaking three code violations shortly after her controversial loss to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women’s Final on Saturday.

Things started to veer off course when Chair Umpire, Carlos Ramos, issued Williams a coaching warning.  Visibly frustrated, Serena insisted she committed no wrongdoing.

In her defense, she said “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know,”. Osaka was then awarded the first point of the sixth game after Williams lost a serve and slammed her racket.

A further game penalty would follow, then pushing Williams to call officials over to the court and again voice her dismay and highlight a double-standard in the sport.

Despite Osaka’s fair win, the match was tainted with controversy during the awarding ceremony that followed. Now Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka was understandably upset as the crowd booed her win.

Williams is charged “$10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket. The money will be taken out of Williams‘ $1.85 million prize money as runner-up.

After the match, Serena spoke out against sexism in the sport during her press conference.

“I’m here fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality. And for me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never taken a game from a man, because he said thief. For me, it blew my mind.”

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