Serena Williams Could Get Banned for Tantrum
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.