Serena Williams Fined $17,000 For Violations At U.S. Open Final Match
Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open final match and now she’s fighting for equality on the courts
Serena Williams has made quite a few headline’s recently with her outfit choices at the French Open and the U.S. Open. Now, she’s made yet another headline but this time it’s for sexism in tennis.
Williams lost to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open on Saturday, making Osaka the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles championship. However, both Williams and Osaka were in tears during the trophy ceremony.
Williams lost the match by default because she received three code violations during the game and much like in baseball, three strikes meant she was out.
The first code violation was for receiving coaching during the game, which is not permitted. However, Williams responded by saying, “I have never cheated in my life!” Her coach admitted that he did try to signal her but he didn't think she saw him and that every player gets coaching during matches.
The second code violation came from Williams’ response to the cheating violation. She was distracted and played poorly and eventually threw her racket down in frustration and broke it. A second code violation results in being docked a point. Williams then went on to call the referee a thief saying, “You stole a point from me. You’re a thief.”
The referee issued a third code violation for her calling him a thief and so Williams lost the match.
Williams feels that it is unfair for her to have received a violation for calling him a thief and she mentioned that if she had been a man, the situation would have played out differently. Aside from losing the match, Williams was also fined $17,000 for her code violations.
James Blake, a former professional tennis player, posted on Twitter saying that he had said much worse to referees and that he hadn’t been penalized.
I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized. And I’ve also been given a “soft warning” by the ump where they tell you knock it off or I will have to give you a violation. He should have at least given her that courtesy. Sad to mar a well played final that way. https://t.co/xhBzFZX8Wq— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 9, 2018
It’s sad that the match had to end this way, but at least now it’s opening up the conversation for how to make tennis (and all sports) less about the gender of the player and more about how the game that is played.
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