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

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

"Yesterday's US Open final resulted in the crowning of a deserving new champion, Naomi Osaka".

The winners of the singles titles, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both received cheques for $5.35 million.

The cries of "sexism" surrounding the Serena Williams story are a red herring.

However, Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise.

"Yesterday's match showcased one of tennis' new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game", Simons concluded.

"She's doing a bad disservice to women's rights, to the #metoo movement, to gender equality", AFL and sports commentator Caroline Wilson said on ABC's Offsiders. Here are 7 images of the two women on the day of the final.

The tension between Serena and the umpire continued to simmer, and it was the third violation, where Ramos accused Serena of verbal abuse, that really saw things get nasty. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour".

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There have been a host of solutions proposed in the wake of the furore, which left Osaka in tears.

While the 23-time grand slam champion had support from tennis greats Billie Jean King and John McEnroe who agreed there was a "double standard" in how officials deal with on-court tantrums by female players, there were also many who criticised Williams' sexism argument, including notable women in media and sports.

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

"We do not believe that this was done last night".

The 36-years-old superstar launched a tirade against chair umpire Carlos Ramos after the latter issued a warning to her for getting coaching instructions from the stands in the second set. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal. I don't even call for on-court coaching [which is allowed on certain occasions in WTA events].

Perhaps they could look at an umpire's pay packet at the same time.

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