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04/19/2007


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

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Serena Out After US Open Threat: 'I Didn't Say I Would Kill You'

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An unfortunate end to the Williams-Clijsters match last night.

Following a foot fault at match point in the semifinal she was losing to Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams approached the linesperson who had called the fault aggressively, unleashing a tirade of f-words. The linesperson told the umpire she felt threatened by what Williams had said, and a point penalty was issued. Williams thus lost the match (6-4, 7-5), and Clijsters heads to the final.

What did Serena say exactly? In an argument with officials, she was heard denying she had threatened the linesperson: "I didn't say I would kill you. Are you serious?"

According to witness reports that are circulating, Williams said to the linesperson: "You don't know me. You better be right. I swear to God I’m fucking taking this ball and shoving it down your fucking throat…”

Later, in a press conference, Williams said, "I don't know why she felt threatened."

NYT: "In a matter of confusing minutes, Williams turned what had been a scintillating women’s match into an ugly and improbable spectacle that gave Clijsters, an unseeded wild-card entry making a joyful return to Grand Slam tennis, a 6-4, 7-5 victory she could not even celebrate."

NYDN: "Really, it was all just very sad, lamentable. First there was the absurd foot-fault call by an overzealous lineswoman on an extremely critical point in that last game, on Williams' second serve at 15-30. Replays indicated it wasn't a foot fault at all. Then Williams was storming around, getting nailed with a second warning and losing match point, for threatening the lineswoman over the call."

Watch the incident, and Williams' post-match press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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