Serena Williams on Monday was fined $2,000 for her verbal outburst against chair umpire Eva Asderaki during the U.S. Open women's final Sunday.
In a statement, U.S. Open tournament referee Brian Earley said the fine was for the code violation of verbal abuse.
"This fine is consistent with similar offenses at Grand Slam events," the statement said. "After independently reviewing the incident which served as the basis for the code violation, and taking into account the level of fine imposed by the U.S. Open referee, the Grand Slam Committee Director has determined that Ms. Williams' conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offense under the Grand Slam Code of Conduct."
In the first game of the second set, when Williams hit what appeared to be a winning forehand against eventual champion Samantha Stosur of Australia, Williams yelled in celebration before the ball landed. Stosur barely was able to touch the ball, but the winner was taken away because of the hindrance rule that allows for a point penalty if the "hindrance" is considered to be intentional.
After the point penalty, which ended up giving the game to Stosur, Williams launched into a verbal tirade during the next changeover and, among other things, was heard to say, "What a loser." . . . "You're a hater." . . . "A code violation because I expressed who I am? Really. Don't even look at me. I promise you, don't look at me. . . . Don't look my way."