Serena Williams was fined $17,000 on Sunday for three controversial code violations chair umpire Carlos Ramos handed her during her loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open finals on Saturday. Ramos gave Williams the first violation for a hand gesture her coach made from the stands, ruling it illegal coaching, a charge Williams denied. When she smashed her racket in frustration, he docked her a point for a second violation. When Williams demanded an apology and called him a "thief," Ramos took the unusual step of penalizing her a game for what he called verbal abuse. The violations and fine sparked a heated debate over whether Ramos had improperly tilted the game and whether male tennis players are treated more leniently.
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