Serena gets off lightly

2011-09-12 21:24

New York - Serena Williams on Monday escaped with a fine of just $2 000 for her US Open final rant, when she launched an angry tirade against the chair umpire in Sunday's title match.

Video: Serena Williams outburst

The American, who was under a Grand Slam probation for another outburst at the tournament in 2009, could have faced a ban if officials had deemed Sunday's tirade in the final, which she lost to Samantha Stosur, to be a "major offence" under the Grand Slam code of conduct.

Williams was handed a code violation by umpire Eva Asderaki after the first game of the second set against Stosur, when she had been docked a point for "intentional hindrance" when she screamed 'C'mon' before Stosur had a chance to put her racquet on the ball in a rally.

Williams berated Asderaki after the game and continued to complain bitterly during the subsequent changeover.

"US Open Tournament Referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams $2 000 following the code violation issued for verbal abuse during the women’s singles final," the US Tennis Association said in a statement on Monday.

"This fine is consistent with similar offenses at Grand Slam events," said the USTA, adding that the money would go to the Grand Slam Development fund.

Williams earned $1.4 million at the US Open.

Her runner-up prize money was $900 000 and she made a $500 000 bonus for finishing first in the standings of the US Open Series of hardcourt tune-up events in the weeks before the final Grand Slam of the season.

The USTA also said Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock determined "Williams's conduct ... does not rise to the level of a major offense."

The 29-year-old American was under probation because of her profanity laced tirade in a 2009 semi-final against eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

Williams was also fined $82 500 for that incident.


  • Pieter - 2011-09-12 21:40

    Crazy.. she def not gonna change her terrible behaviour now.. she earns 1,4 million and gets fined 2 grand.. why even bother..

  • Veld66 - 2011-09-12 21:42

    Black Queen will always be Black Queen; dont mess around her

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-12 22:23

    Her parents did their best, but the LA gangland background is still there...

  • Mpuma Fred - 2011-09-12 22:24

    what a freeking joke - she should have been banned

      RichardS - 2011-09-13 10:35

      Mampara Fred, I disagree with you. Then we should have banned half the women's WTA tour players, and three quarter of the mens ATP tour over the years. And we should then close down the professional tennis circuit. Other bad boys include John McEnroe (called an official a fool and another a cheat and was disqualified from the Aus Open), Vitas Guaralitas, Illie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, boris becker, Djokovic, Marat Safin, Andy Roddick, Robin Soderling, Malisse ...Fernando Gonzalez, Mikael Youzny, - should I go on to the women/?? The top ranked players are just more in the spotlight. And these are the players we typically enjoy watching the most...

  • AIK - 2011-09-12 22:25

    Her behaviour was shocking.She also influenced her opponent negatively.The game should have been stopped. Good thing she lost.

  • AJ2 - 2011-09-13 00:17

    That's 10 days work for a tennis umpire.

  • lapfa - 2011-09-13 02:26

    Whatever they say, she is the best.

  • Kevin - 2011-09-13 06:24

    Certainly puts me off tennis. She is over the hill and is getting cross because all the pretty girls are beating her. She should have lost all her prize money. That is how you manage bronx fall out

      Daddy - 2011-09-13 06:51

      She was off for more than a year and yet made it to the finals. The best thing in tennis since Sampras...

      RichardS - 2011-09-13 10:04

      Uhhh??? She made it to the US Open final after taking a few months off and spanked the World Number One on the way there, and a couple of other top seeds!!! What are you talking about Kevin??? Sounds like you don't know anything about or follow about tennis, so tennis won't miss you if you're now put off...

  • Hannetjie - 2011-09-13 07:59

    She only gor away with it because she is American, any other player would have been given a hefty fine and even a ban !!!!!

  • Andries - 2011-09-13 08:19

    Serena is becoming a disgrace to US tennis! To slap that fine on her in comparison to her earnings is laughable! She is arrogant, a bad example to younger players and believes she can throw that big ass attitude around and get away with it. She should have been banned from the next US Open tournament!

  • - 2011-09-13 08:20

    So she knows she can get away with behaving like a brat on court. She was rude, crass and totally lacking in grace and sportsmanship. What a disgrace. Why not fine a percentage of match fee or total winnings for the tournament? $2000 is pocket change for her. 10 or 20% she may at least have noticed. Being a top player is not just about winning matches. Do you think that Evert, Navratilova, Graf or Billie Jean King would have behaved like that?

      ABS - 2011-09-13 10:07

      Totally agree.Serena is a great tennis player.One of the best of all time.But her lack of sportmanship is taking her our of the catergory of Graf, Navratilova,Evert and King. I am very dissapointed in her court behaviour of Sunday. And that after the outburst of 2 years ago after which she made a public apology. Seems her attitude is getting worse.

      RichardS - 2011-09-13 10:11

      Everyman, you obviously have never followed tennis. Whille Graf and Evert were classy, Navratilova did rant on occassion, and cried often when she lost. Billie Jean was the rebellious feminist of her time, and was definitely not considered "lady like enough." And uhh, yes, being a top player is exactly about winning matches and tournaments, as there is no comment section after your ranking...

  • Kentse - 2011-09-14 13:14

    How can someone be '"over the hill" and beat 'on the hill" players to be in the finals? Kevin are you OK? Serena is the best and has made her big fat mark in tennis together with sister Venus. I love them to bits. Go Serena yell if you want!

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