Serena Williams has again caused a stir at the US Open. For the second time since 2009, Serena has been fined for making verbally abusive comments toward an umpire.
During the women’s singles final yesterday, Serena yelled “come on” while her opponent Samantha Stosur attempted to return her shot. The umpire considered Serena’s outburst a deliberate interruption, leading her to give Stosur the point.
Unhappy with the call, Serena began to argue with the umpire, mistaking her for the same umpire that upset her during her 2009 US Open women’s final match.
Williams was heard telling the umpire that she truly despised her and took her comments a little further.
“A code violation because I expressed who I am? Weâ€™re in America last I checked. Am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, donâ€™t even look at me. I promise you, donâ€™t look at me because I am not the one. Don’t look my way.â€
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way. Because youâ€™re out of control. Totally out of control. Youâ€™re a hater, youâ€™re unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow.”
Serena ended up losing the match to Stosur (6-2, 6-3 ) and the United States Tennis Association has fined her $2,000 for verbal abuse toward the empire, though the incident is not considered a major offense. She was also fined in 2009 for threatening an umpire, landing her on a 2 year probation with the Open.