Serena Williams has been handed a let-off after she was fined the feeble sum of just $2,000 for her outburst at the US Open.
Williams, who harangued Greek umpire Eva Asderaki after a point was awarded against her in Sunday’s 6-2 6-3 final defeat to Sam Stosur, again appears too important to be properly censured. Hitting out: Williams argues with Greek umpire Eva Asderaki during her grand slam defeat to Sam Stosur
Her fine stopped short of being considered a ‘major offence’ which meant there was no question of a ban despite the American’s probation for abusing officials two years ago.
But it seems to fall short when Williams, 29, has earned $1.4million in the event as a whole.
The USTA also said Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock determined ‘Williams’ conduct…does not rise to the level of a major offense.’ She was under probation because of an outburst at the 2009 US Open.
Williams was being outplayed by Samantha Stosur in only the Australian’s second grand slam final and had already lost the first set.
Have a word: Serena Williams launched an angry tirade at the umpire after she was penalised for yelling ‘come on’ before her opponent had reached the ball
She was battling to hang onto her serve at the start of the second and thought she had saved a second break point when she let out a huge cry of ‘come on’.
But the ball had not yet reached Stosur and, under grand slam rules, a deliberate hindrance, such as an intentional shout during a point, sees the perpetrator lose the point.
A furious Williams harangued umpire Eva Asderaki and then continued to insult the official at the next change of ends, calling her ‘out of control’, a ‘hater’ and ‘unattractive inside’.
On the attack: Williams exploded into a tantrum, launching into a furious tirade at the chair umpire Asderaki saying: ‘I truly despise you’ (below)
Williams, who did not shake Asderaki’s hand after the match, refused to apologise and was unwilling to discuss the incident, saying only: ‘I don’t even remember what I said.
‘It was just so intense out there. It’s the final for me. I guess I’ll see it on YouTube. I don’t know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone when they play kind of “zones out”.’
Seething Serena: Williams continued to complain during a break, moments after blasting the officials
While the match will inevitably be remembered for Williams’ conduct, what cannot be overstated is just how well Stosur played on her first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium to win her maiden grand slam title.
The 27-year-old, the first Australian woman to win a grand slam title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980, said: ‘I’m still kind of speechless. I can’t actually believe I won this tournament.
‘I’ve played matches where I feel like I can’t miss a ball, and it’s fantastic, but to do it under these circumstances in this kind of final against a player like Serena, for sure I’m going to think it’s one of the best days of my career.’
Sealed with a kiss: Stosur celebrates her first her Grand Slam success in New York