NEW YORK (AP) – Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open for berating the chair umpire during the final.
Tournament referee Brian Earley issued his ruling Monday, a day after Williams was cited by chair umpire Eva Asderaki for a code violation for verbal abuse during a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Sam Stosur at Flushing Meadows.
Williams earned $1.4 million at the U.S. Open: $900,000 for reaching the final, plus a $500,000 bonus for finishing first in the standings of the U.S. Open Series, which takes into account results at hard-court tuneup tournaments.
The USTA also said Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock determined “Williams’ conduct … does not rise to the level of a major offense.” She was under probation because of an outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open.
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