Williams has been placed on an "unprecedented two-year probationary period" at Grand Slam events, reports the AP. She will have to pay an $82,500 fine and avoid a 'major offense' at the next eight major events. If she has another incident, the fine would be increased to $175,000 and Williams would be barred from the following U.S. Open.
Williams lashed out at a lineswoman after a foot-fault call at the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss. The bizarre and ugly end to the competition gave a 6-4, 7-5 upset to the unseeded, unranked Kim Clijsters.
Chris Chase at Yahoo Sports: "Given the fact that Serena's outburst was more the exception than the rule (translation: she's not John McEnroe), it seems likely she'll avoid further sanction. ... The biggest question is why it took so long to make the decision about Serena's punishment? There wasn't much investigating to do here. This wasn't the Warren Commission. The Grand Slam officials needed to speak to Serena, the lineswoman, the chair umpire and, perhaps, any other U.S. Open officials within earshot. Stringing Serena along for three months was unfair and unnecessarily kept the story in the spotlight for longer than necessary."
The incident also became a flash point in race relations and many used Williams' outburst as an excuse to vent racist stereotypes. YouTube, Huffington Post and many gay blogs (including this one) were overrun with thousands of racist comments. Watch the incident at the U.S. Open WHEN YOU JUMP.