Serena Williams: From Fine to Fined

That tirade at the US Open cost her...

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Serena Williams has been placed on probation by the USTA for being a scary Black person. From ESPN:

Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another "major offense" at any Grand Slam in the next two years.

Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock's ruling was released Monday, and he said Williams faces a "probationary period" at tennis' four major championships in 2010 and 2011. If she has another "major offense" at a Grand Slam tournament in that time, the fine would increase to $175,000 and she would be barred from the following U.S. Open.

"But if she does not have another offense in the next two years, the suspension is lifted," Babcock said in a telephone interview from London.

He said Williams is handing over $82,500 right now, already nearly double the previous highest fine for a Grand Slam offense -- about $48,000 Jeff Tarango was docked in the 1990s.

Serena acted up and deserved a fine but, all things considered, the USTA ruling seems a bit excessive.

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