US Open 2018: Serena Williams fined over outbursts during final

US Open 2018: Serena Williams fined over outbursts during final

US Open 2018: Serena Williams fined over outbursts during final

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.

"He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating", Williams said.

Pam Shriver, a 1978 US Open finalist who reported for ESPN during the final, said Williams's assertion that sexism had contributed to the harsh penalty was "in this day and age, a fair take". Earlier in the match, Ramos handed down a warning for coaching following hand gestures from Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

The game penalty happened after Williams again demanded an apology from Ramos and then called him a "thief" saying that he "stole a point" from her with the previous penalty. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person". But it was clear the moment took some of the shine off the win as Osaka looked more devastated than delighted when she was presented with the $3.8 million winner's cheque and trophy.

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With this victory and the manner of it, she has positioned herself as the next big hope to succeed Williams as the dominant force in women's tennis. "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question".

The victory made Murray, who won here previous year with Martina Hingis, the first man to win consecutive US Open mixed doubles titles since Bob Bryan in 2003-04. "It's one of the best officiating jobs I've seen in years".

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USTA president Katrina Adams issued a statement calling Williams an "inspiration" and praising Williams for her "great deal of class and sportsmanship" on the podium.

Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, gets so nervous he can not watch his daughter in action, but she credits him for her big-match mentality.

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

"I just feel like I had a lot of emotions", Osaka said, "so I had to kind of categorize what was which emotion".

"I know she was frustrated by the way the game ended, but the way she took a step forward after the final and gave Naomi all the credit says a lot in her favour", she added.

This was the third high-profile conflict with an official for Williams at Flushing Meadows, following her infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a dispute over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur. "I just want to say thank you for watching the match".

Former umpire Richard Ings, who was also in charge of officials and rules on the men's tour, backed Ramos' actions. We don't have any code and I know you don't know that, and I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not. Then she asked to speak to tournament referee Brian Earley, who walked onto the court along with a Grand Slam supervisor. "Sometimes, things in life don't happen the way we want them, but always stay gracious and stay humble. It's because I am a woman, and that's not right".

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