Serena Williams was fined $10,500 on Sunday for her profanity-laced tirade that cost her match point in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday night, but she is expected to play in her doubles final Monday with her sister Venus.
SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE
Venus Williams practiced Sunday with her father, Richard, but there was no sign of Serena, who lost her singles semifinal to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night when she was called for a code violation for verbally abusing a line judge on match point.
Serena Williams was fined $10,500 for her profanity-laced tirade, but she is expected to play in her doubles final Monday with Venus.
They are scheduled to play Cara Black and Liezel Huber at 1 p.m. Eastern. There were rumors that the Williams sisters would be defaulted because of Serena’s infraction, but the former Open champion Virginia Wade, who is doing television commentary, said that the tournament director Jim Curley told her Sunday that the match would be played.
Also, Justin Gimelstob, who is working for CBS, spoke to Venus after her practice session and said he fully expected the sisters to play.
“I would be utterly shocked if they don’t,” he said. “The best antidote for something like this is to get right back on the court.”
The U.S.T.A. fined Serena $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $500 for racket abuse, and it is possible that she could be suspended after the tournament.
WTA rules allow for fines or suspensions because of on-court violations of the tour’s code of conduct, but only specifically mentions suspensions in other events of the same tournament when a player is defaulted because of bad behavior. Williams was not defaulted but simply issued a point penalty, and that penalty happened to come on match point. Open officials were explicit in explaining that after the match.
The WTA issued a statement after the match: “It is unfortunate the way this match ended. Under the rules, a code violation, point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was assessed. The penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct have been applied.”