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Serena Williams gets coaching violation from umpire Carlos Ramos

'I don't cheat!' - Serena gets coaching violation from umpire

08/09/2018 at 22:04Updated 09/09/2018 at 02:48

Serena Williams was left furious after she received a coaching violation from the umpire during the US Open final against Naomi Osaka.

The 36-year-old, who was targeting a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title at Flushing Meadows, angrily confronted umpire Carlos Ramos after being told off for what he deemed a coaching intervention.

Serena stormed up to his chair and informed him that she would never deliberately receive guidance from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who was sat in the players' box.

Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou

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She informed Ramos in strong terms:

" I don't cheat to win! I'd rather lose... I'm just letting you know!"

Williams was clearly still fuming as she sat at the changeover at 2-1 up in the second set, before getting a point docked for hurling her racket to the ground, and then launching a series of tirades at the umpire, who sent her further into a rage when he handed her a game penalty for verbal abuse.

She followed that up by calling him a "thief" for taking a game away from her.

Serena Williams points at the umpire during her US Open final defeat against Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams points at the umpire during her US Open final defeat against Naomi OsakaGetty Images

In a further exchange, Williams again informed umpire Ramos that she is not a cheat and did not receive coaching from Mouratoglou, even adding that she had a daughter so would not do that.

" You owe me an apology. I have NEVER cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have NEVER cheated."

The confrontation came at a time when Williams perhaps needed a spark after she lost the opening set 6-2 to the dominant Japanese starlet.

Serena Williams talks to the umpire during the US Open final

Serena Williams talks to the umpire during the US Open finalGetty Images

The 20-year-old Osaka displayed an array of stunning groundstrokes in storming to a famous victory - Japan's first Grand Slam.

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