Serena Williams didn't exhibit much grace under fire during Sunday's U.S. Open match against Samantha Stosur in Flushing Meadows, New York. Already on probation for an earlier incident, the 29-year-old tennis champ threw a fit when she disagreed with the ruling of umpire Eva Asderaki.
"Come on!" Williams bellowed, after Asderaki awarded a point to her opponent (who won the first set 6-2). The sports superstar's tantrum didn't end there. In between sets, she sat next to Asderaki's tower and sniped: "If you ever see me walking down the hall look the other way. You're out of control, you're a hater and you're unattractive inside," Williams said during the exchange.
She added: "Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser."
Williams composed herself once the match was done, and praised Stosur.
"I don't even remember what I said, it was just so intense out there," she said. "I don't know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone, when they play, they kind of zone out kinda thing. I don't know, I'll see it later, I'm sure."
On Monday, tournament referee Brian Earley said Williams was under investigation for the brouhaha; her outburst could result in a fine, suspension or even a ban from future tennis tournaments.
Back in 2009, Williams was put on a two-year probation and was fine d $82,500 for throwing a profanity-laced fit against another official during a semi-final (which she lost) against Kim Clijsters.