Serena Williams Fined $17K for U.S. Open Incident
SERENA WILLIAMS IS FINED $17,000 FOR VIOLATIONS DURING HER US OPEN LOSS AGAINST JAPAN'S NAOMI OSAKA
(CNN) – Serena Williams is facing a $17,000 fine for code violations during her U.S. Open loss on Saturday.
The money will go to the International Tennis Federation’s Grand Slam Development Fund.
She’s accused of a coaching violation after umpire Carlos Ramos said her coach gave her hand signals that weren’t allowed.
Williams denied the accusation.
She was also docked a point during the game after she smashed her racket after misplaying a shot.
A full game penalty was issued after she told the Umpire, “You stole a point from me, and you are a thief.”
In a post-match news conference, Williams accused Ramos of sexism, saying that, “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said thief.”
The U.S. Open said the Umpire’s decision was not reviewable; while the Women’s Tennis Association said they will be looking into what happened.
Williams congratulated opponent Naomi Osaka for her victory Saturday, the first for a Japanese player.