>> The US Open women's final ended in controversy, tears, and now a $17,000 fine for Serena Williams, the woman some believe to be the greatest tennis of all time. The US Tennis Association on Sunday fining Williams for three code violations she received during Saturday's match against 20-year old Naomi Osaka, who outplayed her childhood idol to win her first ever US Open.
But the upset victory came after a highly unusual and dramatic dispute between Williams and Chair umpire, Carlos Ramos. Williams was openly seething during the match after Ramos accused her of receiving help from her coach in the stands. Later smashing her racket on the court and finally calling Ramos a thief for docking her a point penalty.
He went on to give her an entire game penalty for what he called verbal abuse. The tennis world largely rallying around Williams. Legend, Billie Jean King, for whom the Open's Tennis Center is named saying, when a woman is emotional, she's hysterical and she's penalized for it. When a man does the same, he's outspoken and there are no repercussions.
Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard. This after retired men's star, Andy Roddick, tweeted during the match, worst refereeing I've ever seen, the worst. With another former men's player, James Blake, admitting, I have said worse and not gotten penalized. Williams told reporters afterward she felt it was important to speak out as an example for younger players saying, quote, maybe it didn't work out for me but it's going to work out for the next person.