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US Open: Serena bags $17,000 fine for code violations

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US Open: Serena bags $17,000 fine for code violations

There was more bad news for Serena Williams following her US Open final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka. The 23-time Grand Slam winner was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Osaka at Flushing Meadows on Saturday as the 20-year-old became the first Japanese female Grand Slam winner.

However, the match was marred by controversy as Williams was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos, the first was for being coached by Patrick Mouratoglu at the start of the second set. The second was for racket abuse and the third, which also led to her being docked a game, for calling Ramos a “liar”.

In total she was fined $17,000 (£13,156) and the United States Tennis Association broke it down as follow: $10,000 (£7,739) for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 (£3,095) for the coaching violation, and $3,000 (£2,321) for the racket abuse violation. The American earned a $1.85m (£1.4m) cheque for finishing runner-up to Osaka and the fine will be deducted from the prize money.

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