Serena Williams Falters at U.S. Open

Former No. 1 has a row with referee over call.

Posted: 09/11/2011 11:49 PM EDT
Filed Under Serena Williams

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Serena  Williams argues with chair umpire Eva Asderaki during the women's championship match against Samantha Stosur.  (Photo: AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

If she was jumping for joy on Saturday night, the Sunday after Serena Williams was the worse for wear after losing a game for yelling during a point and being rewarded with a code violation.

Though it wasn't as bad as the fit she pitched in 2009 in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, Williams' behavior certainly wasn't one of her finer moments in Flushing Meadows, New York, where the U.S. Open is held.

When the finals' match was over, Samantha Stosur of Australia had beat Williams 6-2, 6-3, dashing the hopes of all who thought Williams would win her 14th Grand Slam title.

To borrow a phrase from the detective show Monk, here's what happened (as chronicled by the Associated Press):

"Down one set and facing a break point in the first game of the second, Williams hit a forehand and shouted, "Come on!" as her opponent, Sam Stosur, was swinging at the ball.

"Chair umpire Eva Asderaki ruled that Williams hindered Stosur's ability to complete the point and awarded it to Stosur.

"Williams argued the call, then continued jawing at the referee during the next changeover.


"During the changeover two games later, Williams continued to talk to Asderaki, saying, "You're out of control. ... You're a hater, and you're just unattractive inside."

"Williams also told the official: "Really, don't even look at me."

Alrighty, then.


The U.S. Tennis Association issued the following statement Sunday evening regarding Williams' violations:

Serena Williams was issued a code violation for verbal abuse by Chair Umpire Eva
Asderaki at the conclusion of the first game of the second set during the US Open women’s singles final vs. Samantha Stosur.

Tournament Referee Brian Earley is presently reviewing this incident on tape and also will have further discussions with the chair umpire to determine whether this code violation will result in a fine and, if so, the level of that fine. The decision regarding this matter will be issued tomorrow.

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.


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