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Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: Official: Serena Williams will play in the Doubles Final.
I just wanted to post this. I haven't really added any input into this mess because it's just that -- a mess. I'm extremely disappointed on many counts: Serena losing in a slam semifinal, Serena being called for a foot fault that wasn't a foot fault, Serena losing her self-control and SIGH, no 12 slams.
This is going to get very technical but it really helps to put things into context. The rules do not call for a suspension. Serena Williams was assessed a point penalty which happened to be on match point. You can be suspended if you are defaulted/thrown out of a tournament -- neither of which happened to Serena Williams.
Remember when Rodionova got defaulted for hitting a ball at a fan two years ago? She was not suspended.
Of course this is semantics but Serena Williams should not be suspended. Remember in 2004, Serena Williams was screwed out of a real opportunity to play in a fair tennis quarterfinal match and advance further. In 2009, the same thing happened.
Two things will likely happen in the future: (1) foot faults will be able to be challenged by Hawkeye and (2) the rules will be changed and be more specific/strict for player misconduct.
In summary: because Serena was only assessed a point penalty, she can be fined but not suspended. Period.