Normally there would be no hurry to make a decision, but Serena and Venus Williams have made the women’s doubles final — scheduled to be played Monday — and one of the possible decisions by the U.S.T.A. could be to suspend Serena for the remainder of this tournament, costing the Williams sisters their chance at a doubles title.
The other options for the U.S.T.A. or W.T.A. would be a fine or a suspension that would not kick in until after this tournament ends.
The W.T.A. rules allow for fines or suspensions because of on-court violations of the tour’s code of conduct, but only specifically mentions suspensions in other events of the same tournament when a player is defaulted because of bad behavior. Williams was not defaulted but simply issued a point penalty and that penalty happened to come on match point. Open officials were explicit in explaining that after the match.
The W.T.A. issued a statement after the match: “It is unfortunate the way this match ended. Under the rules, a Code violation, point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, was assessed. The penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct have been applied.”
Here’s the video of the whole incident: