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On Saturday, Serena was penalized during the tennis tournament's final against Naomi Osaka after the umpire accused her of receiving coaching from the sidelines.

Williams was warned for coaching, then docked a point for smashing a racket before Ramos penalised her a game after she called him a liar and a thief.

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka. According to the rule book, players are subject to fines up to $20,000 for each of those offences.

She became the first Japanese player to ever to win a Grand Slam title.

"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", he said.

Ramos also has officiated in high-profile Davis Cup matches, a men's team event where emotions can run even higher than they ran Saturday.

Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou admitted that he was coaching, although it was not clear if she saw his gestures, and insisted the practice was common.

Former professional chair umpire Richard Ings has revealed the Portuguese official was paid the princely sum of $633 for taking charge of the Osaka-Williams encounter.

Nine NRL commentator Erin Molan similarly said Ramos' controversial call was not a case of sexism. "I just had to follow it". "No, I don't do that".

Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open meltdown

That resulted in a second violation, meaning Osaka was awarded the first point of the sixth game.

"[He] Just maybe changed - not maybe, but he did change the course of the match".

"You could tell Serena was wary of Osaka's power", added Date. But this umpire is, I think, trying in a certain way to look for my faults, my errors.

Retired U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick tweeted in agreement: "I've regrettably said worse and I've never gotten a penalty".

While the 23-time grand slam champion had support from tennis greats Billie Jean King and John McEnroe who agreed there was a "double standard" in how officials deal with on-court tantrums by female players, there were also many who criticised Williams' sexism argument, including notable women in media and sports.

"Regardless of how you feel about the Serena Williams incident - I can not accept that it was a gender issue - that the umpire's decision to penalise her was "sexist", Molan tweeted. I think there has to be some consistency across the board.

There is no record of any men's player calling Ramos a thief during a match. "His history with men players shows that". We're gonna get through this, and let's be positive. "Sadly that wasn't to be, and the "thief" accusation is not one any chair umpire on any court should ignore".

"You will never be on another court of mine as long as you live".