Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open meltdown

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If you doubt that, ask the woman who beat her in last weekend's US Open final, Naomi Osaka. "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. Thank you", tweeted the 20-year-old Osaka, who is projected to rise to seventh in the world rankings on Monday. "More voices are needed to do the same".

On court, she said: "There's a lot of men out here who have said a lot things and because they are men nothing happens to them".

There are separate categories for coaching ("Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching") and for abuse of rackets or equipment. "Because I know she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?" He later admitted to coaching, which is an offence in the sport, though one rarely called.

Osaka won the final but her victory was overshadowed by the on-court drama and booing of officials during the trophy ceremony.

Cape Town - As though her actions were not bad enough, Serena Williams' shame has now been aggravated by the unsupported claim that umpire Carlos Ramos' action against her crude and hysterical behaviour during the humbling 6-2, 6-4 defeat against Japan's ebullient, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the US Open women's final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday was sexist motivated.

Williams denied the accusation and demanded an apology.

Nine NRL commentator Erin Molan similarly said Ramos' controversial call was not a case of sexism.

Williams argued that although she did called Ramos a "thief", male players who have been even more abusive towards an umpire in the past were not punished in the same way.

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Simon said the sport as a whole should examine the rules on coaching, noting that the WTA already allows on-court coaching during regular tour events - if a player requests it.

When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her - along with a point penalty - Serena was left shattered and angered. "I really don't", Djokovic said.

Former professional chair umpire Richard Ings has revealed the Portuguese official was paid the princely sum of $633 for taking charge of the Osaka-Williams encounter.

Ings once issued a warning, point penalty and a game penalty against McEnroe at the 1987 U.S. Open for obscenities directed at the umpire. Williams then put her arm around the athlete in a show of support.

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism". Like most of us, she has her awkward moments, and they're all so endearing.

Could the umpire have thought things over before deciding to dock Williams a game for that third infraction, or either of the two that came before? Then, she smashed her racket and was given another violation.

The U.K. Guardian's Kevin Mitchell, meanwhile, wrote, "She was correct to suggest men verbally abuse umpires all the time and get away with it".

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