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Serena Williams has been fined a portion of her prize money for her part in the controversial US Open women’s final.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner was defeated by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, not before getting into an altercation with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who had spotted a hand signal from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and interpreted it as on-court coaching.
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— Anna Chakvetadze (@achakv87) September 8, 2018
Following the altercation, the US Open’s referee’s office docked Williams a total of $17 000 out of the $1.85 million due to her for reaching the final.
A breakdown of Serena Williams’ fine
According to Fox News, she was fined $10 000 for “verbal abuse” aimed at Ramos, $4 000 for being warned for coaching and $3 000 for breaking her racket.
During the match, Williams denied that she had been coached while in the middle of the court by Mouratoglou, who in an interview with ESPN, revealed the opposite as he admitted to making an attempt to send her a hand signal.
“I’m honest, I was coaching. I don’t think she looked at me so that’s why she didn’t even think I was,” he said.
“But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches in 100 percent of the matches so we have to stop this hypocritical thing. Sascha (Bajin, Osaka’s coach) was coaching every point, too.
The 36-year-old was, however, taken aback by her coach’s admission, stating that they had never discussed any hand signals prior to the match.
“I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals.”
The Frenchman did fire a shot at Ramos, as he took to Twitter, lamenting his handling of the match;
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The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire. Second time in this US Open and third time for Serena in a US Open Final. Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match ? When do we decide that this should never happen again ?
— PMo (@pmouratoglou) September 8, 2018