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Mother of all meltdowns. "To see her still being so dedicated and so committed to this sport, it's inspiring really to me and to many tennis players, both men and women, around the world".

And as renowned author HL Mencken once proclaimed in explaining Williams' ranting and raving: "Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings more is justice".

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court rule, but further review is needed".

The chair umpire that Serena Williams called a thief in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final has always been one of the on-court officials willing to enforce the rules without fear or favour on the game's biggest stars, male and female.

Williams was handed a total of three fines: $10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching warning and $3,000 for breaking her racket, the Washington Post reports. Williams objected, saying she was not being coached and had not cheated. The WTA applauds Naomi for her tremendous accomplishment.

The episode raises two important questions about coaching: should Williams have been penalised for being coached during the match and - more fundamentally - should coaching during a match be an offence in the first place?

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

A cartoon drawn by Mark Knight of Australian newspaper the Herald Sun is going viral for the racist depiction of Serena Williams in the aftermath of her US Open finals match.

It comes as the Women's Tennis Association has backed Williams's sexism claims, but not everyone agrees. Williams may well have lost the match to Osaka, but taking away a game at a critical point in Osaka's 6-2, 6-4 victory was a needless intrusion on the match.

"Because the young player outplayed her in the first set, I think pressure got her more than anything".

Williams was fined a total of 17,000 United States dollars (approximately £13,000), including 10,000 dollars (£7,700) for verbal abuse. I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us.

But Djokovic said he did not see things in the same way as WTA chief Simon, adding: "I don't understand from where he's coming with that statement".

Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it's well known throughout the sport that all coaches do. Osaka kept her composure and focus while 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams smashed her racket on the court and went off on fierce, long harangues against the chair umpire during their match. She didn't need to say anything else, we get it.

"But I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final".

She was fined $17,000 (£13,100) for code violations and docked a game for the angry scenes that unfolded at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.


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