Serena Williams got very angry and launched a verbal attack on an umpire during the U.S. Open final on Sunday, calling her “loser” and “unattractive inside”.
Serena Williams had received a code violation for yelling “come on” after battling to hang on to her serve during the start of the second set against Australian Samantha Stosur.
The ball had not yet reached Samantha Stosur and, under grand slam rules, a deliberate hindrance, such as an intentional shout during a point, sees the perpetrator lose the point.
Serena Williams, who lost the US Open final with 6-2 6-3, will find out today whether the run-in with officialdom will lead to a sanction after she refused to apologize for the outburst.
Sunday incident follows Serena Williams’ infamous verbal attack on a lineswoman which cost her a point penalty at US Open semi-final against Kim Clijsters in 2009.
Serena Williams was given a hefty fine and was still playing under a two-year suspended ban.
On Sunday, Serena Williams was being outplayed by Samantha Stosur at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had already lost the first set when she let out a huge cry.
Eva Asderaki, the Greek chair umpire then told Williams the point would go to Stosur because she had committed an intentional hindrance.
Serena Williams asked for a replay but when the umpire refused, she accused Eva Asderaki of being involved in the 2009 incident.
Pointing her finger, Serena Williams yelled:
“Aren’t you the one that screwed me over last time here? Yeah you are.
“Seriously, you have it out for me?
“I promise you, that’s not cool. That’s totally not cool.
“I truly despise you.”
Serena Williams continued her tirade during the break, sitting in a chair while drinking water, she warned the umpire:
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way because you’re out of control.
“You’re a hater and you’re just unattractive inside.
“Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser.
“You get a code violation because I express who I am. We’re in America last I checked.
“Can I get a water? Or am I going to get violated for a water?
“Really, don’t even look at me. I promise you don’t look at me… Don’t look my way.”
Chair umpire, Eva Asderaki didn’t respond as she listened to the rant.
Serena Williams hugged Samantha Stosur after the match but then immediately walked off, ignoring Eva Asderaki as Stosur reached up to the umpire’s chair to shake her hand.
Serena Williams also refused to apologize and was unwilling to discuss the incident during the press conference.
She told reporters laughing:
“I don’t even remember what I said, I’m sorry.
“It was just so intense out there. It’s the final for me. I guess I’ll see it on YouTube. I don’t know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone when they play kind of zones out.”
Instead, Serena Williams spoke highly of her opponent, saying:
“She was cracking ’em today. She definitely hit hard and just went for broke.
“And I think sometimes, a lot of people were putting me as the favorite and I definitely was trying not to put myself as the favorite. I was like <<It’s anyone’s game>> as you can see after the result today.”
The United States Tennis Association will decide today whether to fine Serena Williams.
The US Open organizers said in a statement yesterday: “Any impact this code violation might have on Serena Williams’ Grand Slam probation would require the incident being ruled a major event. That determination will be made by the Grand Slam Committee Director.”
The match was Samantha Stosur’s first at Arthur Ashe Stadium where she secured a maiden grand slam title.
Samantha stosur, 27, became the first Australian woman to win a grand slam title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.
Samantha Stosur said it was intimidating playing against Serena Williams.
“She’s probably the best player of at least my generation of playing. Not only is she big in stature and all that, she’s got a huge game.
“But it kind of becomes more irrelevant and becomes about the task on that day, playing the match.”
Stosur added of her win: “I’m still kind of speechless. I can’t actually believe I won this tournament.
“I’ve played matches where I feel like I can’t miss a ball, and it’s fantastic, but to do it under these circumstances in this kind of final against a player like Serena, for sure I’m going to think it’s one of the best days of my career.”