Serena Got Hit With A $17K Penalty For Standing Up For Herself And Against Sexism and Racism

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: Serena Williams of USA argues with US Open head referee Brian Earley after problems with chair umpire Carlos Ramos of Portugal during the women's final on day 13 of the 2018 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Serena Got Hit With A $17K Penalty For Standing Up For Herself And Against Sexism and Racism

"Serena Williams deserves an apology, not a fine," someone tweeted.

Published September 9, 2018

Serena Williams has reportedly been fined $17,000 for three violations during the U.S. Open women’s final.

  1. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka 6-2. 6-4 in the U.S. Open final. Toward the end of the match she was hit with the multiple code violations, including a game penalty for verbal abuse. Now she’s receiving financial fines: $10,000 for “verbal abuse,” $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket.

    The money will be taken out of the $1.85 million prize money she received for being the runner up. She was going for her 24th Grand Slam title. During her back-and-forth with ump Carlos Ramos, Williams remarked, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live,” she said. “You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.”

  2. Social media was up-in-arms about the whole thing
  3. Many believe that it's the U.S. Open that owes an apology to Williams who was essentially accused of cheating and then was punished for defending herself.

    First it was the catsuit ban and now this? SMH.

Written by Paul Meara

Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images


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