Serena Williams fined US$17K for rules violations at US Open Final

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also claimed that there are double standards in terms of how umpires treat women and men.

"She is the voice for so many of us", Rowland said.

But Tiley declined to criticise the 23-times grand slam champion.

Those views were shared by BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, who said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation". "I really don't", Djokovic said.

But I believe there is a compelling reason against coaching during matches: the introduction of on-court coaching runs counter to one of the fundamental purposes of the sport.

After the tournament, Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to coaching after the match, but said he didn't think Serena was paying attention to him.

Williams, who is no stranger to sexism in the tennis world, eventually lost the winning title to newcomer Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

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Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women's finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY. But Williams' coach's admission that he was in fact cheating on the court casts a different light on the matter.

While Osaka beat Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, headlines did not focus on her first major win, instead fixating on Williams' hat trick of code violations. He's a very strict, very decisive umpire, who takes nothing from any opponent whether they're male or female. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead. "Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me?" she said.

Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to the rules.

Williams was publicly chided by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli when he announced a new dress code at the upcoming games following the tennis pro's decision to wear a catsuit that is specially created to improve her circulation and avoid blood clots, which she's struggled with after her pregnancy.

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN. After the match, Williams refused to shake hands with Ramos and suggested he needed to apologize again. Simona Halep's loss, the first by a No. 1 seed in the first round at the U.S. Open. The second one came after the frustrated American superstar smashed her racket on the court.

While there was much criticism of Ramos on social media after the match, and top tennis players have been less than appreciative of his calls, some in the world of officials defended him.

Djokovic noted that it was an "awkward situation" for both competitors and "tough" for the umpire.

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