Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

Sep 10, 2018, 01:01
Serena Williams Meltdown at 2018 US Open Women's Final

Already down a set to No. 20 Naomi Osaka, Williams was issued a violation for on-court coaching. 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.

"You're attacking my character". She later insisted that Ramos would "never, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live..."

Serena Williams was given a second violation, this one for smashing her racket, and again yelled at the chair umpire who had given her a first warning for coaching. "I was like, 'Wow, this is not how I felt when I won my first Grand Slam.' I definitely don't want her to feel like that".

"It doesn't really feel that real right now".

"When are you going to give me my apology".

"I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me", she said.

Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles tile on Saturday, vigorously disputed each of the violations during the match. From there Williams could not recover and Osaka claimed her victory.

During the next changeover (when the players switch serving sides), a frustrated Williams approached Ramos a second time.

The money comes out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up.

But her triumph was reduced to nearly a side note as Williams railed about her treatment, accusing the US Open of being out to get her.

When it was Osaka's turn she seemed at a loss.

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals", she added, turning to Williams herself. I can promise you, that's not coaching, racquet abuse no doubt, but the verbal abuse???

Playing on tennis's biggest stage in her first Grand Slam final, the enormity of the moment did not faze Osaka while Williams, contesting her 31st major final, looked unsteady.

After a confident hold punctuated by a 106 miles per hour ace Osaka broke again to lead 4-1, silencing the crowd. Asderaki ruled the point wasn't over and so awarded it to Stosur, saying Williams hindered her opponent's ability to complete the exchange.

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It was in the second game of the second set that Williams was warned for receiving coaching, a charge she vigorously denied. "I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know", she told him.

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted in an interview with ESPN that he was trying to advise her with a hand gesture, although Williams was apparently oblivious.

Sports columnist for the Washington Post Sally Jenkins was scathing in her rebuke of umpire Carlos Ramos' handling of the situation. "They're going to be allowed to do that because of today", Williams said. We have never discussed signals.

"I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this", said Osaka. Ramos said the the game penalty came as a result of verbal abuse from Williams. "(Alize) Cornet should be able to take her shirt off without getting a fine. "I have never cheated in my life!" Williams lost 6-2, 6-4 to Osaka in Saturday's final. The star, following the tennis match which she lost, accused him of being a "thief" as well as a "liar", and asked him when he would apologize for his actions.

'I'm going to say this: Enjoy, there's not going to be any coaching in the men's final tonight, right?

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