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Serena Williams Fined $2,000 By US Open

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Serena Williams of the US has a word with the chair umpire during her women's finals match against Samantha Stosur of Australia at the 2011 US Open tennis tournament September 11, 2011 in New York. Stosur kept her composure as Williams erupted in anger at the chair umpire in the second set, stunning the three-time champion 6-2, 6-3 to win the US Open, claiming the first Grand Slam title of her career in a stormy final.  (credi: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams of the US has a word with the chair umpire during her women’s finals match against Samantha Stosur of Australia at the 2011 US Open tennis tournament September 11, 2011 in New York. Stosur kept her composure as Williams erupted in anger at the chair umpire in the second set, stunning the three-time champion 6-2, 6-3 to win the US Open, claiming the first Grand Slam title of her career in a stormy final. (credi: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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