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Ramos handed Williams a point penalty later in the night after she slammed her racket down, breaking it.

Serena Williams of United States of America talks with referee Brian Earley as umpire Carlos Ramos looks on during her singles final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open.

Twenty-year-old Naomi Osaka bested Serena Williams to win the U.S. Open on Saturday, making her the first Japan-born woman to win a Grand Slam final.

The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during Saturday's stormy final.

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.

Williams was looking to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would have tied her with Australia's Margaret Court for the all-time record.

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to insist she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win". But it was clear the moment took some of the shine off the win as Osaka looked more devastated than delighted when she was presented with the $3.8 million winner's cheque and trophy.

With this victory and the manner of it, she has positioned herself as the next big hope to succeed Williams as the dominant force in women's tennis. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology".

"She played an wonderful match". Like, I really didn't hear anything that was going on. "I have a daughter and I stand for what is right and I have never cheated".

Naomi Osaka attributed her composure during a wild first grand slam final partly to her sister's taste in bakery products.

According to the official Grand Slam rule book, a first infraction gets a warning, a second offence results in a point penalty while a third brings about a game penalty.

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In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she "was not being coached" and that she "did not understand" why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so.

In 2011, in the final against Samantha Stosur, Williams celebrated what she thought was a winning shot too early, and then reacted with indignation to a hindrance call assessed by the chair umpire Eva Asderaki, calling her "a hater" and "unattractive inside".

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'".

Williams added that the incident strengthened her belief that women players are treated differently from their male counterparts.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behavior and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

"She is one of the most exciting players on the tour".

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".

"One thing I love about tennis is being out there".

With jeers bouncing off the arena's closed roof, both players - the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams - wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved. "It's the most cliched things you could think of, always things that make you go "Ugh".

"If they can't adhere to the rules then they will have to allow the coaching because we can't have things like this outburst anymore".