World number one Serena Williams was fined a record amount of $82,500 and an unprecedented two-year probationary period at Grand Slam events. And she should avoid a “major offense” at the next eight major events or the fine would increase to $175,000 and she would be barred from the following U.S. Open.
“I am thankful that we now have closure on the incident and we can all move forward,” Williams said in a statement.
Williams committed the violation in a semi-final loss to Kim Clijsters, the eventual US Open winner. Williams was called for a foot fault to give the Belgian match point and her profanity-laced tirade resulted in a penalty point that ended the match.