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Serena Williams fined for violating tennis code of conduct

New York, Sep 10: Tennis star Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the organizers of the US Open for committing three violations of the code of conduct during the second set of the womens final, which she lost on the weekend to Japans Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4.

Williams was sanctioned in the second set by the judge seated at the net, Portugals Carlos Ramos, for receiving help – in the form of a hand signal – from the box of her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, breaking her racket against the court surface and verbally abusing the judge by calling him a thief, reports Efe news.

Williams, who was fined on Sunday, called the judges decision sexist at a later press conference, saying that she had seen male players calling umpires several things but they were not penalized for their behaviour.

Her actions eclipsed the triumph of the 20-year-old Osaka, who became the first Japanese tennis player to win the US Open and a Grand Slam singles tourney.

The US player, 36, who was competing in her 14th US Open, failed to win her seventh title in the seasons last Grand Slam event, a win that would have been the 24th of her career, thus allowing her to tie the legendary Margaret Court of Australia in terms of tourney wins.

Williams received $1.85 million for playing in the final. Her fine will be deducted from that amount.

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