'I think Serena overreacted, I think that outburst was unwarranted'

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 for the code violations she received during the US Open final, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Sunday.

Williams got a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a "liar and a thief" after he handed down the coaching code violation during Saturday’s match, which she lost 6-2 6-4 to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

To address what happened at the US Open, Eusebius McKaiser spoke to journalist Sebenzile Nkambule and author Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh along with callers about what happened over the weekend.

READ:Why Serena Williams’ fight should make us all feel uncomfortable

Nkambule says people are saying that Williams should have behaved better and that is not how a champion should behave.

That is exactly how a champion should behave because she wanted it so badly. We want it so badly, sportsmen and superstars always lose their cool that is part of the sport.

Sebenzile Nkambule, journalist

She says just the fact that the two opponents were able to embrace after the game was heartwarming.

Tebogo, a caller, says the first code violation that she got was for coaching and her coach admitted that he was coaching and Serena said he gave me a thumbs up.

I think Serena overreacted, I think that outburst was unwarranted and I can't help but think that a lot of it had to do with the heat that was coming from the other side of the net.

Tebogo, caller

I think she stole a moment from Naomi Osaka, she was the saddest winner of a Grand Slam and it was sad.

Tebogo, caller

Mpofu-Walsh says it is important to look at the incident as a microcosm for deeper questions.

Particularly as this comes in a deeper context of Serena Williams career even with this particular open.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Author

When we look at just the recent history, with the question of the dress and the amount of physicological torment that she has gone through on what she should be able to wear.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Author

And you add on that this extremely competitive match where she feels as though she is accused of cheating and the deferential treatment that she feels as though she is receiving when quite frankly men do this all the time.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Author

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