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

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The six-time US Open victor has been docked $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos by the tournament referee's office on Sunday.

"You're attacking my character", she said. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live.

Later on, Williams received a point penalty for breaking her racket in frustration where she again went after Ramos. She also took a 1-0 lead in the first set, and eventually pushed that lead to 3-1, before Osaka stormed back to win the match.

"It doesn't really feel that real right now. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief, ' she added. I felt like a little kid again".

Naomi Osaka of Japan (L) poses with Serena Williams before their Women's Singles Finals match at the 2018 US Open in New York, Sept. 8, 2018. From there Williams could not recover and Osaka claimed her victory.

She didn't agree with Ramos' decision and during the changeover, she made sure he was aware of it. She asked fans not to boo and let Osaka enjoy the moment, calling her "a true champion".

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Though her nerves on the tennis court don't show it, it was a reminder of just how youthful the 20-year-old Osaka is.

Greats of the game, current and former players and officials have been reacting to an extraordinary US Open final that saw Serena Williams lose to Naomi Osaka after an angry confrontation with the umpire.

"I don't cheat to win".

After a confident hold punctuated by a 106 miles per hour ace Osaka broke again to lead 4-1, silencing the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. Williams got broken in that game.

'The third one I was sitting and praying serena would stop and I'm not justifying what she said.

Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another odd twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism.

Ramos, the chair umpire, has a history of being a stickler. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?

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Fish said: "What a wild US Open for the Ref's".

In a cascade of events Williams was issued a code violation for racquet abuse after giving back a service break in the second set. "I don't think she looked at me so that's why she didn't even think I was". I haven't cheated in my life.

Osaka prevailed against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in NY to deny Williams a record 24th major and become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. "This is unbelievable", she told Ramos.

U.S. Open officials came onto the court to explain the rules to Williams while she argued that she was being targeted because of her gender.

Her biggest issue, besides needing to clarify with Mouratoglou what he meant and why he said he was coaching her without her being aware, was with the sexism of the game penalty.

"I ugly cried during Serena & Naomi's match and took a day to process", wrote journalist Yamiche Alcindor.

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