Serena Williams fined $17,000 for code violation


Serena Williams was fined $17,000 (£13,100) for the code
violations that included calling the umpire a “liar” and “thief”
in her US Open final loss.
Williams, beaten by Naomi Osaka, was docked a game for
verbal abuse and had a point penalty for racquet smashing
and a code violation for coaching.
She later said it was “sexist” to have been penalised a game.
BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker said: “The umpire was
following the rules by the book but Serena has a point.”
Barker, a former world number three and 1976 French Open
champion, added that “tennis was the loser” from Saturday’s
Williams’ fine for the code violations, imposed by the United
States Tennis Association (USTA), will be deducted from the
$1.85 million the American won as the runner-up.
“I’ve sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and
they haven’t been given a violation,” Barker said.
“The fact that it was to be a game violation then robbed the
crowd of what potentially could’ve been a third set.”

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