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Federer fined for profanity at US Open

ROGER Federer has been fined US$1,500 for swearing while arguing with the chair umpire during the US Open final.

CBS microphones picked up the exchange during its live broadcast of Monday's match.

Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said Federer is being docked the same amount as two other players -- Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Daniel Koellerer of Austria -- for audible obscenity.

Widmaier said a total of US$31,500 in fines was being collected by the tournament, topped by Serena Williams' US$10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. She also was fined US$500 for racket abuse. Daniel Nestor of Canada was docked US$5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct toward a fan.

In Guangzhou, third-seeded Peng Shuai of China swept into the semifinals of the Guangzhou Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Russia's Alexandra Panova yesterday. Peng will next face fifth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel, who beat Chinese Taipei's Chan Yung-jan 6-3, 6-1.

The 23-year-old Peng reached the final in Guangzhou last year, but is still chasing her first WTA Tour singles title. Peer is seeking her first Tour title since 2006.

Seventh-seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan defeated Olga Savchuk of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4. Morita's semifinal opponent will be eighth-seeded Alberta Brianti of Italy, who advanced by defeating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-2.


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