Serena Williams fined $2,000 for US Open final outburst
US Open runner-up fined for her outburst at the umpire during her straight sets defeat by Sam Stosur
Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 (£1,265) for her outburst at the umpire during her defeat by Sam Stosur in Sunday’s US Open final.
The 13-times Grand Slam champion was docked a point after shouting “Come on!” before her opponent had touched the ball in a rally.
A furious Williams then proceeded to verbally abuse umpire Eva Asderaki during the break between games, calling her “out of control”, a “hater” and “unattractive inside”.
A USTA statement read: “US Open Tournament Referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams $2,000 following the code violation issued for verbal abuse during the women’s singles final.
“This fine is consistent with similar offenses at Grand Slam events. As with all fines at the US Open, the monies levied are provided to the Grand Slam Development Fund which develops tennis programs around the world.
“After independently reviewing the incident which served as the basis for the code violation, and taking into account the level of fine imposed by the US Open referee, the Grand Slam Committee Director has determined that Ms. Williams’ conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offense under the Grand Slam Code of Conduct.”
The 29-year-old American later admitted the intensity of the occasion had got to her. “I don’t even remember what I said,” Williams said afterwards.
“It was just so intense out there. It’s the final for me. I guess I’ll see it on YouTube. I don’t know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone when they play kind of ‘zones out’.”