Serena fined £13,156 for behaviour in final

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Naomi Osaka won the final 6-2 6-4 to become Japan's first ever Grand Slam singles champion and delay Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th major title.

From there, Williams summoned the tournament referee to the court and said male tennis players are not punished for similar offences.

Osaka is just 20, 16 years younger than Williams - and grew up idolizing the American, even asking her to pose for a selfie together at a tournament just a handful of years ago.

While Osaka was the better player on the day, the match will long be remembered for the freakish turn it took during the second set when Williams unleashed a furious rant at chair umpire Carlos Ramos. That garnered a penalty point in Osaka's favour.

Williams smashed the racquet after Osaka broke her serve to take a 3-2 lead, which is automatically a point penalty.

Current player Victoria Azarenka claimed the same violations wouldn't have been handed down if it was in a men's match.

Overshadowed by the controversy was the fact that Osaka played brilliantly, with her inexperience perhaps helping her weather the freaky circumstances of the second set of her 6-2, 6-4 win. Let's not boo anymore. "It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals so I am just so glad I was able to do that". "Serena has some certain blame for it, because she couldn't let go".

Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it". "When a man does the same, he's "outspoken' and there are no repercussions". "Double standards, my friend, double standards", the Serb said.

She later said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game.

"That I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman", she said.

"Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?" When are you going to give me my apology?

Former American world number one and 18 time Grand Slam victor Chris Evert also weighed in on the ruling to dock Ms Wiliams a game. At the Open, as well as at the other Grand Slam events, coaching from the stands, verbally or by signals, is not allowed. "The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire", he rote.

What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself. It was the first of her career.

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing. Williams also seemed to indicate that she did not see the gesture that caused the violation. Ramos - coaching and umpiring. "We have never discussed signals", she said. "I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have never cheated". "I don't cheat to win".

"You know how many other men do things - they do much worse than that".

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"I never had any warning in my career for coaching. I have respect for him, and all I ask is for that to be reciprocated". She tells Earley: "You know my character". You owe me an apology. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. "You are the liar".

She concluded, "You stole a point from me, you're a thief, too".

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

"I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", said Osaka.

"One thing I love about tennis is being out there". 'It doesn't really feel that real right now. There's also the weird "abuse" citation, which Ramos doled out because Williams called him a "thief" - certainly far from the worst thing an athlete has called an official during an event. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men [the same punishment] does not happen to them".

Williams made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court during a heatwave.

Williams's assertion that female players are policed more than male players is hard to prove. Williams got three code violations, two of which Williams disagreed with.

Ings once issued a warning, point penalty and a game penalty against McEnroe at the 1987 US Open for obscenities directed at the umpire.

For the first time in the United States Open, the trophy ceremony was drowned out by whistles and boos in support of the loser and against the champion.

Williams has history here. Williams left the media interview room to applause.

In 2009, in a semifinal against Kim Clijsters, Williams was called for a foot fault by the lineswoman Shino Tsurubuchi and responded with a threat to shove a tennis ball down Tsurubuchi's throat.

"Tennis was the loser and we lost what was potentially a fantastic match".

But the call Saturday about illicit coaching produced a different reaction, seeming to wound Williams more than it angered her.

But when it came to Naomi being officially declared the victor during the trophy ceremony, the crowd started booing. "But then when I hugged her at the net", she said, "I felt like a little kid again". How dare you insinuate that I was cheating?

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