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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open final 'umpire thief' meltdown

Williams angrily imploded during the defeat to Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams has been fined US$17,000 for three code violations during her US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka - including her angry outburst towards the umpire.

Williams was enraged by Carlos Ramos's warning for receiving coaching from her box, and accused him of being a "thief".

She had received a second code violation for racquet abuse along with a point penalty when she lost her temper and was given a third penalty point.

"You're attacking my character," she said. "You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar."

The tournament referee's office docked Williams $10,000 for the "verbal abuse", $4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 for breaking her racket, Associated Press reported.

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

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