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Serena Williams handed $17,000 fine for US Open final conduct

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates the point during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 for her conduct during Saturday’s US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka.

Williams was issued a code violation for what umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, irritating the 23-time major champion who insisted she was not a cheat.

A point penalty for racquet abuse led to her branding Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” and she was then docked a game, after which she called for the match referee and alleged she was being treated differently to male players.

Williams was in tears as she saw out a 6-2 6-4 loss to Osaka, whose maiden grand slam triumph was overshadowed by her opponent’s argument with the official.

The American’s behaviour has divided opinion, with Billie Jean King among the high-profile figures to come out in support of Williams in the face of fierce criticism from some quarters.

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