Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for three code violations during Saturday’s U.S. Open final.
Williams, who lost to Naomi Osaka, was hit with a $10,000 fine for “verbal abuse” against chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket, the Associated Press reported.
The money will come out of Williams’ $1.85 million earnings, which she won as the tournament’s runner-up.
Williams fought with Ramos during her 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Osaka, which culminated in the 23-time grand slam singles champion being docked a game.
Williams initially objected strongly to being handed a coaching violation early in the second set, clearly feeling the sanction was an insult to her integrity.
Subsequent code violations for racket abuse and verbal abuse followed, the latter punishment costing Williams a game and enraging the 36-year-old, who later complained she had been treated more harshly than male players.