Nicki Minaj, Billie Jean King support Serena Williams after US Open

Serena Williams and Anastasija Sevastova shake hands at the end of their semi-final

Williams was given a first code violation after Ramos judged a gesture from coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be coaching.

Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka was leading in the second set after winning the first when Williamson was handed a code violation by Portuguese chair umpire Carlos Ramos after he spotted Mouratoglou making hand signals from the player's box.

She demanded Ramos apologise for handing her a coaching violation and later called the umpire a "thief" for giving her a point penalty.

The tournament referee's office fined the former world No.1 $US10,000 for the "verbal abuse" of Ramos, $US4,000 for being warned for coaching and $US3,000 for smashing her racket.

MARGARET COURT, the 24-time Grand Slam victor Serena Williams is aiming to emulate.

Losing her 2004 quarter final to Jennifer Capriati, Serena Williams was upset by several line calls and the tournament later removed umpire Mariana Alves from officiating.

Osaka then also responded to booing from the audience.

"I have never cheated in my life!"

Australia's Margaret Court, the Wimbledon Ladies champion, in action against America's Billie Jean King in the final of the Women's single's.

"That I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman", she said.

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"I'm here to fight for women's rights and women's equality", she said later.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it", she continued, echoing Williams" point that male players are never penalized for outbursts - even the profane ones. When Williams approached Ramos the second time, for instance, she did not seem to be aware of her second violation, which means she was also not aware that she was one violation away from forfeiting a game.

"To lose a game for saying that is not fair", Williams said, and raised the idea that Ramos was being sexist: "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men, that doesn't happen".

Osaka's sister Mari is also a tennis player and they were coached by their father after he made a decision to try to copy Richard Williams' remarkable success with his daughters.

This was the third high-profile conflict with an official for Williams at Flushing Meadows, following her infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a dispute over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur. "I understand why you may have thought that was coaching, but I'm telling you it's not", she said.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief". I'm sorry it had to end like this. I'm not sure if they were happy tears or they were just sad tears, because of the moment. 'I think I was able to do that because it was my first Grand Slam final.

Under Article III, Section P, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

Here's what the big-picture takeaway should be: Tennis needs a commissioner to oversee all aspects of the sport, someone to make sure there is consistency in the rules and the way they are applied.

Williams came to Osaka's defence after a controversial end to play in NY.

"Like 100 per cent of the coaches, in 100 per cent of the matches, so we have to stop this hypocrite thing", he said.

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