Serena Williams fined $17K for three code violations

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2018

When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her - along with a point penalty for a second violation - Williams exploded.

Ramos handed Williams a point penalty later in the night after she slammed her racket down, breaking it.

The biggest issue for Williams on the scoreboard yesterday was that she was outplayed by a younger version of herself in Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first player from Japan to win a major singles tennis title and idolises the 36-year-old American.

"I'm telling you right now, I don't cheat to win".

Ramos called both players over to explain his ruling, and Williams began laughing, saying: "Are you kidding me?"

"He (Ramos) alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", said Williams. She then snapped her racket in half, resulting in a point violation. Second time in this US Open and third time for Serena in a US Open Final.


That prompted the outburst that was picked up by the microphone on court.

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

"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right? I'm really grateful I was able to play with you". "Ramos had rescued his ego and, in the act, taken something from Williams and Osaka that they can never get back. You're a thief, too".

Williams claimed the discretion used by umpire Ramos was sexist, saying male players have displayed worse behaviour and escaped punishment. I haven't cheated in my life. "She felt humiliated by the warning", said the Frenchman. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men that doesn't happen". "For me it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women".

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

The USTA didn't seem much offended, however, by Serena's act in which she carried on for a handful of games, haranguing the umpire, demanding apologies, calling him "a thief" and "liar" and threatening he would never officiate another match of hers again.


"I've seen other men call other umpires several things".

The view from the crowd during the trophy ceremony.

"If I'm honest I was coaching, I don't think she looked at me", he said.

Williams raged at umpire Ramos: "It was not coaching".

Bille Jean King tweeted Saturday about the tense encounters that unfolded between Serena Williams and an umpire in the New York City tennis center that bears her name.

Osaka had six aces compared to Williams' three aces in the final. Continuing her argument with Ramos at the change of ends, Williams accused him of being a thief for taking a point away from her.


Serena also received tremendous support from the sports community. She played an incredible match and deserved this win and it probably would have happened anyway.

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