After a devastating loss to Naomi Osaka during the U.S Open, Serena Williams has been hit with fines. TMZ reports that Williams has been fined $17,000 for her conduct during the emotional match and for the alleged coaching she received from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. She was fined $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for smashing her racquet and $10,000 for verbal abuse towards the umpire.
Williams gave the umpire Carlos Ramos an earful while on the court when she was accused of cheating.
“I understand why you may have thought that was coaching but I’m telling you it’s not. I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.” She continued, “You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life,” she said to him. “You stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.”
The fines will be subtracted from her $1.85 million winnings from the tournament.
Williams lost to Osaka, 6-2, 6-4 yesterday, with Osaka taking home her first Grand Slam trophy. It was bittersweet for Osaka though. She won against her idol, but was met with boos from the crowd. Williams had to gracefully step in and ask the crowd to pipe down.
“I don’t want to do questions. I just want to tell you guys, she played well. And this is her first Grand Slam… I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting too. But let’s make this the best moment we can, and we’ll get through it. Let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this, and let’s be positive. So congratulations, Naomi! No more booing.”
The U.S Open was a rocky experience for Williams. First, she was criticized for wearing a catsuit, leading to the outfit later being banned. Then she played her sister, Venus, and even though she won, since her sister is her best friend she said a loss for Venus felt like a loss for her. Now, she lost her chance to win her 24th Grand Slam title and has been hit with fines.
Though this was an emotional experience for the 36-year-old, she took every opportunity she had to stand up for women’s rights, which means she will always be a winner to us.