Open runner-up, Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 after she got into an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos after he accused Williams of being coached from the box.
The U.S. Tennis Association weighed in shortly before noon Sunday, announcing that Williams was being fined $17,000 for three code violations: $4,000 for the coaching warning, $3,000 for smashing her racket, and $10,000 for “verbal abuse” directed at Ramos.
That is in keeping with the events that cascaded in such ugly fashion Saturday night, when she was warned for receiving coaching during the match against Naomi Osaka, penalized a point for destroying her racket and docked a game at a critical moment in the second set for what chair umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be verbal abuse. Williams emotionally had told him that she does not cheat and has a daughter for whom she tries to set an example. Afterward, she spoke about why she called Ramos a thief for taking her point and game and how she had cited Olympia in telling him on the court, “I don’t cheat to win, I would rather lose.”