Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Serena Williams' U.S

Serena Williams' U.S

Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 for her three code violations during the US Open final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday. "I don't think she looked at me so that's why she didn't even think I was".

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals". While Williams was insistent that a male tennis player wouldn't have been penalized quite as harshly, she ultimately asked the crowd to calm down and let Osaka have her moment.

Williams was hit with a first violation for Mouratoglou coaching her with a hand signal in the second set.

In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of weird events her victory will only be a footnote to what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff", she said. "I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her", she said.

Eventually, a full game penalty was leveled against Williams.

To recap, Williams' final match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, took a hard turn on Saturday when she was given a violation for gestures made by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

"I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized", James Blake, the former top-ranked U.S. male tennis player, said on Twitter.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King agreed with Williams in a series of tweets, calling out a "double standard". The multiple grand slam victor Victoria Azarenka said: "If it was a men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".

"You're attacking my character", she fumed after the chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked her a point. "Serena was every woman I know standing up for themselves, having to point out misogyny, having to get the job done, and then making sure the woman coming behind you is supported despite the discrimination faced".

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Djokovic forced Millman to play off the baseline as he took the ball early which allowed him to take control of pace and rallies. Osaka celebrated her win calmly and coolly unlike the floods of tears which greeted her last-16 victory over Aryna Sabalenka .

Williams received a second violation when she smashed her racket in frustration.

Williams had been given a first violation by Carlos Ramos for coaching earlier in the set, telling him that she'd "rather lose" than cheat.

At the next change of ends, Williams fumed, accusing Ramos of stealing a point from her.

Osaka beat Williams in straights sets to win her first Grand Slam title.

"And you stole a point from me".

"He never took a game from a man because he said 'thief, '" Williams said.

Serena Williams wasn't done talking about her U.S. Open outburst. There is no way a men's player with Serena's resume (multiple Grand Slam titles, economic driver of the sport) is getting a third code violation for that language in the finals of a major.

Added Williams, with a laugh: "I really hope to continue to go and play here again".

2017 men's finalist Kevin Anderson urged Osaka to feel proud "for competing against someone you (and the rest of us) admire so much to win your first slam".

"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today".

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