Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for code violations she committed during the final of the U.S. Open, the U.S. tennis association reported Sunday.
During Saturday’s match, which she lost 6-2, 6-4 to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, Williams was penalized with a warning for receiving instructions from her coach, lost a point for breaking her racket and was also sanctioned with a game after a heated discussion with referee Carlos Ramos.
The tournament’s umpire’s office fined the former world number one $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of Ramos, $4,000 for the warning that he was receiving instructions from his coach and $3,000 for destroying his racket.
Williams, who sought to match Saturday’s record of 24 individual Grand Slam titles, protested each of the violations forcefully throughout the match.
She demanded that Ramos apologize for sanctioning her for taking advice from her coach and later called her a “thief” for the penalty of one point.