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Serena Williams Goes Off on 'Hater' Referee at US Open Final: VIDEO


Serena Williams got into it with the referee at the U.S. Open last night after being given a code violation and losing a point for yelling "come on" at her opponent Samantha Stosur before the ball reached her.

The subsequent heated exchange between Williams and the ref brought up memories of her threat against a lineperson at the 2009 Open. Serena even suggested it was the same ref, though she wasn't correct:

"Are you the one who screwed me over last time? Yeah, you are."

Said Williams shortly thereafter:

If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you're out of control... You're totally out of control, you're a hater, and you're unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow... We're in America last I checked. Can I get a water or am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don't even look at me! I promise you, don't look at me, 'cause I am not the one. Don't look my way.

Williams ultimately lost to Stosur in straight sets.


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  1. Tennis players are only allowed to make strange, orgasmic noises while playing. Those are the rules Serena, get over it.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Sep 12, 2011 8:58:12 AM

  2. Well, Serena, the one who looks "unattractive inside" during this tirade is YOU!

    Posted by: Jim | Sep 12, 2011 9:23:01 AM

  3. What a pathetic example of how "victimhood" pervades US society. Williams can't be wrong because she's entitled to break the rules as a victim of US racism, sexism .... while claiming the same judge of her last racist outburst is somehow sitting in the chair -- I suppose all white people look the same to this poor victimized, privileged and spoiled American sports success. Her hateful, paranoid and racist father has taught her well. Glad the bullying from the fans didn't stop the better player from winning.

    Posted by: expatfrance | Sep 12, 2011 9:24:03 AM

  4. Oh, Serena! You know you have to keep your cool, lest some haters make this about race. It was bad form, but you're not the first one to lose your mind on a call (remember John McEnroe?) Anyway, how her dad raised Serena has nothing to do with it. Venus has a different temperment, and she's never gone off like that. Folks see what they want to see.

    Posted by: albert | Sep 12, 2011 9:35:21 AM

  5. Please stop trying to make this a race thing. Serena is a poor sport with a sense of entitlement and no class. That has nothing to do with anyone's race.

    Posted by: JD | Sep 12, 2011 10:07:14 AM

  6. "You're totally out of control, you're a hater, and you're unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing?...Really, don't even look at me! I promise you, don't look at me, 'cause I am not the one. Don't look my way."

    lol, sounds like ALL of my dates! :)

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Sep 12, 2011 10:08:49 AM

  7. It was a pretty bogus call, whether "technically" correct or not. None of the presenters had ever heard of it either and had to find out from the main ref. It's a rule about intentionally distracting the other player to make them miss the ball. This was most obviously not the case. Stosur had no chance of returning the ball and we're talking about perhaps a second, or less, in timing. When half the girls on the tour grunt ridiculously every time they hit the ball this call was pretty over the top. Especially when, as she said, neither her or Venus rarely ever even question decisions or ask for the hawk eye. This was like a policeman giving a ticket for running a red light because your wheels are an inch over the white line.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Sep 12, 2011 10:09:49 AM

  8. What an unpleasant, ugly-on-the-insides woman...with the real issues that she needs to have dealt-with.

    I hope her Tennis Assoc. bad sportsmanship fine is extravagant...

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 12, 2011 10:11:10 AM

  9. Her tirade was no worse than John McEnroe's when he was a player, and race was never mentioned then so why now?

    As a 54 year old white male who has watched the careers of Serena and Venus, my opinion is that they are treated more harshly than other players. They've been on the receiving end of stunningly bad calls in high profile matches from tennis officials and for years never, ever said anything aside from brushing it off. Now Serena thinks twice before accepting what she thinks are bad calls from officials. She should.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 12, 2011 10:39:21 AM

  10. Have never liked her or her sister. Black women love gay men but Black women will be the first to turn against them. 86% of Black voters supported Proposition 8 in California denying gay couples full equality. Gay people should avoid Black women.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 12, 2011 10:59:42 AM

  11. A few of points. First, the chair umpire had absolutely no authority to exercise discretion in this circumstance. She was entirely bound by rule to award the point to Stosur. So suggestions that she could have gone another way in her ruling are incorrect. Second, tennis commentators are the last people to depend on for exact understanding of the rules. Unlike former golfers turned commentators, current and former tennis pros are shockingly ignorant of the fine details of the rules. Even when they do know them,they tend to want them to be fudged rather than strictly enforced. I call this the McEnroe/Connors/Nastase effect. Third, the rule in place is written for international competition by the International Tennis Federation and the grand slam tournament committee. They are applied at the majors, the Olympics, and in Davis and Fed cup. The rule has a slightly different application on the regular women's WTA tour. In that setting, the point is to be replayed. This slight difference in rules and significant difference in setting is not specific to tennis. At least the rules are the same at each major. In men's golf, the rules can vary from one major to the next because they are each administered by different organizations (a private club, the USGA, the R&A, and the PGA Tour). MLS, NBA and NHL players have to adjust to international rules when playing on their national teams. The fact that no tennis commentators knew this and absolutely botched explaining the situation is almost as embarrassing as Serena's childish behavior.

    Posted by: James C | Sep 12, 2011 11:57:03 AM

  12. This nonsense about the umpire being too harsh is just that. She absolutely made the right call. It wasn't intentional for her to scream before the point was fully done, it just came out. But the fact is that it did and she was rightfully forfeited that point. Too bad that it happened on break point down. Too bad Serena was serving to stay in the match in 2009 when the other snafu went down. The rules of sport don't change based on the moment in the match.

    When the match began I was really excited to see Serena culminate her amazing comeback with a US Open victory. But I was really disappointed with how she tried to get personal with an umpire. It's childish and rude, and that can't be the legacy she wants to leave. But still, I can understand getting angry and carried away if you're on court and under pressure. I'm much more disappointed with the fans' reaction in the ten minutes following this mess. On several points there were multiple people yelling their support for Serena in the middle of rallies, obviously intending to throw Stosur off of her game.

    It was the obnoxious behavior of the crowd that made me really start pulling for Stosur to keep it together and not let the crowd turn the match against her. In the end, the better player on the day won, as it should be.

    Posted by: Vann | Sep 12, 2011 12:13:55 PM

  13. This exact same rule was applied to a white female tennis player earlier in the tournament. Rules are rules. All the players have to follow them. When you break them, you pay the price. Serena should have acknowledged the violation and accepted the penalty. Instead, she shows a complete lack of class and lack of fair play, just like she did two years ago. Nobody is "picking" on her or Venus. They have succeeded in convincing some people that they are "victims" because they can't seem to take responsibility for their own actions. An ugly display of entitlement and bad manners from Serena.... and not the first time.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Sep 12, 2011 12:18:22 PM

  14. Serena Williams:UGLY Unsportsmanlike behavior. Disgusting "victimhood" mentality who thinks everyone is a hater and out to "get her". Then playing the "this is AMERICA card" was even more insulting.

    WHAT the hell was that about. That comment was base and UGLY inside an out. On Sept 11 was even more disgraceful to hear as a New Yorker and as an American.

    She needs to apologize.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Sep 12, 2011 12:26:35 PM

  15. @MICHAELANDFRED: If the analysts had never heard of the rule before yesterday, then they aren't very good analysts or are willfully ignorant. This is actually not the first time it has been applied. It was applied last year in a match involving Henin and Wozniacki. In fact this isn't the first time it was applied in a match Serena was involved in. She also lost a point for the same thing in a match vs. her sister in Wimbledon some time ago. But she was winning then, so I guess she was cool with it.

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 12, 2011 3:53:14 PM

  16. "What a loser," "You're a hater," And now we have just a glimpse of the bigoted person you are Serena. Yes, and the judge(s) who fined you are probably so PC whipped they refused to hand out the fine you deserved for accusing this line judge of racial bias…something that must hold you since you instantly played that card.

    Posted by: Truth | Sep 12, 2011 4:30:27 PM

  17. So she yelled at the ref, get over it!!! I've heard worse things said to a ref at a pop warner football game. It's really not that crucial.

    Posted by: Jade | Sep 13, 2011 1:43:29 PM

  18. As a black male athlete, I find this behaviour to be a disgraceful example of sportsmanship. Serena Williams should be fined and stripped of her sponsorship for this abominable attitude.

    Posted by: Dwayne | Sep 14, 2011 9:37:28 PM

  19. To be honest, Ms Williams should count herself lucky that she's even allowed to play in the women's game. Some basic hormonal studies would suggest that she is ineligible.

    Posted by: Lee | Sep 14, 2011 9:38:36 PM

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