Tennis: Serena fined but avoids ban after unattractive outburst

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Serena WILLIAMS has avoided a ban from tennis after tournament officials decided her US Open final outburst did not constitute a major offence.

The 29-year-old was given a code violation for verbal abuse during the women’s singles final, which she lost to Sam Stosur, when she harangued umpire Eva Asderaki and then continued to insult the official at the next change of ends, calling her “out of control”, a “hater” and “unattractive inside”.

Williams was playing under a suspended ban from the 2009 tournament, when her infamous verbal attack on a lineswoman cost her a point penalty in the semi-final against Kim Clijsters, which could have seen her barred from the 2012 US Open for another major offence. But a statement released by the United States Tennis Association read: “US Open tournament referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams US$2000 following the code violation. This fine is consistent with similar offences at Grand Slam events.”