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Tennis star Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open for verbal abuse of the chair umpire.
This ruling was issued Monday by referee Brian Earley, one day after Williams was cited by umpire Eva Asderaki. Williams’s tirade began when Asderaki gave points to Sam Stosur, whom Williams was competing against Sunday in the Women’s Single Championship Match at Flushing Meadows.
However, Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock conducted his own review and concluded that Williams’ conduct does not fall under the category of a major offense. This means that Williams presently faces no further disciplinary action.
She earned $1.4 million at the U.S. Open: $900,000 for reaching the final and a $500,000 bonus for finishing first in the standings of the U.S. Open Series.
Williams was also under probation for an outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open. “I don’t even remember what I said. It was just so intense out there,” she said. “I guess I’ll see it on YouTube.”