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Serena Williams has been fined a combined $17,000 for her three code violations during the U.S. Open final - but it could have been a lot worse. The six-time US Open victor has been docked $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos by the tournament referee's office on Sunday.

Ramos first issued a warning to Williams after ruling that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, gave her hand signals that Ramos said constituted illegal coaching. "Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis". She was fined $4,000 for the coaching violation, $3,000 for her racket-smashing response and then a whopping $10,000 for verbal use toward Ramos. The line judge went over to chair umpire Louise Engzell, who assessed a penalty point, because it was Williams' second code violation of the match (she broke her racket when the first set ended).

After learning of the point penalty, Williams would blast the umpire again, declaring: "I have never cheated in my life".

But Osaka - who displayed not only a stellar game but remarkable poise throughout - held serve to seal a historic win for her country. "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she said, per CBS News.

He responded by issuing a third code violation, which results in a lost game.

"I know that everyone was cheering for her", she said.

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And I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves, and they want to be a strong woman.

"You owe me an apology!" Fans, members of the media, celebrities and casual observers weighed in, with the match and Serena shooting to the top of the site's trending topics. "Ramos had rescued his ego and, in the act, taken something from Williams and Osaka that they can never get back". When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.

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She was up 2-1 on the changeover when she spoke again with Ramos appearing to smooth things over, and she finally found a way to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said she would continue to fight for gender equality in the sport and addressed the first-round penalty given to Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on the court.

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.

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The women's US Open final on Saturday ended with both the victor and loser standing on the court in tears and the crowd booing loudly-and the blame for such an freaky conclusion rests squarely on the fragile ego of chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

When it came time for Osaka to speak, she also acknowledged the hard moment.

Despite the controversy there were many messages of support for Osaka, who became the first Japanese grand slam victor.

Williams felt she had been treated more harshly than a man would in the same situation, but Court had little sympathy for the 36-year-old. From there Williams could not recover and Osaka claimed her victory.

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on.

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