SERENA WILLIAMS was fined last night for her extraordinary US Open final meltdown in which she accused the umpire of being a ‘thief’ and claimed he was sexist.
The American was docked a point and then a game over a row sparked by a warning for receiving coaching during the final in New York, which she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka.
Williams called Carlos Ramos a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’ as she vented her fury at the umpire and later claimed it was sexist for her to have been penalised a game.
The 23-time grand-slam champion, who earned £1.43million for finishing runner-up, has been fined £13,000.
Former French Open champion Sue Barker said ‘tennis was the loser’ as the row overshadowed Osaka’s first grand-slam win but the rules needed to be looked at as Williams did ‘have a point’.
Barker added: ‘As far as the rant goes, the umpire was following the rules by the book and so that is harsh. But Serena in some ways has a point in the fact that I’ve sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and [they] haven’t been given a violation. Both have a point.’
Former US Open champion Andy Roddick said on Twitter it was the ‘worst refereeing I’ve ever seen ……the worst !!!’
Two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka tweeted: ‘If it was men’s match, this wouldn’t happen like this. It just wouldn’t.’
And 12-time grand-slam winner Billie Jean King wrote: ‘When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it.
‘When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & there are no repercussions. Thanks Serena for pointing out this double standard.’
But Richard Ings, a former ATP rules and competition chief, said. ‘Carlos Ramos was doing his job. And doing it well in my extremely experienced opinion.’