Insider Takeaways: Naomi Osaka's US Open performance a fitting tribute to Serena

Serena Williams Fell To Naomi Osaka In A Tense US Open Final

Serena Williams absorbed a $17,000 fine in the wake of her tumultuous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on Sunday as debate raged over whether the code violations that sparked her meltdown were sexist. Honestly, there's a lot I can learn from her from this match.

U.S. Open officials came onto the court to explain the rules to Williams while she argued that she was being targeted because of her gender.

Williams felt she had been treated more harshly than a man would in the same situation, but Court had little sympathy for the 36-year-old.

Ramos gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty, putting Osaka 5-3 ahead.

As the crowd booed at her, Williams didn't back down, as she continued to ask for him to say sorry.

Williams was penalized a game by the chair umpire for an argument in which she called him a thief.

Serena walked up to the chair umpire, saying that she wasn't cheating - swearing on the life of her daughter Olympia.

ESPN reporter Pam Shriver told the New York Times' Williams claim that sexism was behind the harsh penalty was "in this day and age, a fair take".

To recap, Williams' final match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, took a hard turn on Saturday when she was given a violation for gestures made by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

"But I was, like 100 percent of the coaches in 100 percent of the matches so we have to stop this hypocritical thing".

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"I'm here to fight for women's rights and women's equality", she said later. "#Champion #usopen" - Billie Jean King.

She didn't agree with Ramos' decision and during the changeover, she made sure he was aware of it.

Two-time finalist and former world number one Victoria Azarenka tweeted: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".

The headlines were supposed to be about Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and Osaka trying to become Japan's first slam victor, but instead an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos that escalated dominated the match.

Though she seemed dead in the water and probably was not coming back, Williams got penalized a point and then a game by Ramos.

US Open tournament referee Brian Earley administered fines of $4,000 for the coaching violation, $3,000 for racket abuse and $10,000 for the verbal abuse, the USTA said.

Williams was issued a code violation for what the umpire deemed to be coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, irking the 23-time major champion who insisted she was not a cheat.

"For me, it blows my mind", Williams added.

"I don't cheat to win". On Sunday, Williams was fined $17,000 USA for three code violations, The Associated Press reported. Because I'm a woman, you're going to take this away from me? Viewers also offered an outpouring of sympathy for Osaka, whose first Grand Slam win is tied up in the controversy.

Naomi Osaka thwarted Serena Williams' attempts to seal a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open. And they're going to be allowed to do that because of today.

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