Serena Williams is finally speaking out about her outburst to the chair umpire at the U.S. Open final against Australian Samantha Stosur. She tweeted,
My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire. It has been a long road to get back to the US Open this year, and I am thankful to have had such a great two weeks in New York.”
Two days prior to her tweet she was “cited for a code violation” as well as fined $2,000 for her verbal abuse towards chair umpire Eva Asderaki. During the first game of the second set, Williams was looking at a break point as she was serving and hit a forehand shot. With that, she yelled out “Come on!” Asderaki utilized the hindrance rule saying Serena yelled right as Stosur was about to hit the ball. Stosur got the point and that’s when Serena lost her cool.
She threw a bunch of insults towards the Asderaki which included,
You’re out of control. You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside. Really, don’t even look at me.”
The United States Tennis Association has stated that Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock reviewed what happened as well and though it was verbally abusive, he did not feel it was a major offense under the Grand Slam Code of Conduct.
Williams ended up losing as Stosur beat her 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.