23 January 2012
SERENA Williams, eliminated from the Australian Open on Monday after losing her fourth-round match against Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets, has today been revealed at the most heavily fined player in women’s tennis.
The 30-year-old American, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles (five Australian Opens, one French Open, four Wimbledons and three US Opens) has been fined $104,500 for eight separate behaviour violations on court at Slams since 2008 according to official International Tennis Federation figures provided to TheTennisSpace, which carries full details today.
Williams’ fines are more than double the total handed out to the next nine most-fined women on the circuit combined, as TheTennisSpace details in its article here. Full details of fines are not generally made public.
Infamously at the 2009 US Open, Serena told a line judge: “I swear to God, I’m f—— going to take this f—— ball and shove it down your f——throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”
For that she was initially fined $10,000, which was supplemented by another $85,000 for it being deemed a major offence.
The other seven violations in recent times:
2011 US Open Fined $2,000 for verbal outburst at umpire including: ‘You’re totally out of control, you’re a hater and you’re just unattractive inside.’
2010 Wimbedon Fined $4000 for skipping a press conference.
2009 US Open Fined $500 for racket abuse.
2009 Australian Open Fined $1000 for an audible obscenity.
2008 Wimbedon Fined $500 for swearing.
2008 Australian Open Fined $1000 for swearing, $500 for racket abuse.