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Exclamation Article: Serena, Roddick Accuse Sprem Of Unsportslmanike Conduct

Updated: 11:33 AM EDT
Tennis-Wimbledon-Serena, Roddick slam Sprem over umpire error
By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Serena Williams and Andy Roddick accused Karolina Sprem of being unsporting in accepting a point awarded to her in error during her upset victory over Venus Williams at Wimbledon.
British umpire Ted Watts made the blunder in the second set tiebreak on Thursday when he handed Sprem a point after she faulted on a first serve.

The Croatian went on to win the second-round match 7-6 7-6, condemning Venus to her earliest defeat at Wimbledon for seven years.

"As a competitor and a professional you should be able to distinguish between right and wrong," champion Serena said when she was asked about the incident in her sister's match.

"I've never been in a situation like that before but I'm an honest individual. So if I were in that situation, I know I would make the right choice."

After her victory, Sprem said she not given it any second thought while on court.

"I was confused ... I was like 100 per cent in the match," the 19-year-old Croatian said.

But men's second seed Roddick said that in similar circumstances such an incident would not have passed him by.

"Personally I'd have trouble just taking a point from someone," said the American. "I've heard no one noticed but if it's the biggest match of your life, I'm figuring you know what the score is.

"But I'd have a real issue just pretending nothing was wrong and just taking the point."

"CLASSY INDIVIDUAL"

While Sprem failed to win any admirers among the Americans for her conduct, Venus, who made little of the matter and said it had not turned the match, was praised for the way she handled the situation.

"She's always been a person that handled herself with complete aplomb and self-assurance just a very classy individual," said Serena.

Roddick concurred: "I thought she handled it with a lot of class. I don't know what I would have done in that situation. Probably wouldn't have been pretty.

"But I think she was great about it. Probably behind the scenes she wants to kick someone. But I definitely have to respect the way she handled it."

As a result of his mistake, the All England Club announced that Watts would no longer officiate at this year's tournament.

"If players make mistakes and go over the line, then they get punished," said Roddick, the U.S. Open champion.

"So maybe it should be the same for umpires. But we all make mistakes. You'd just hope it's not on Centre Court at Wimbledon. If this had happened on court 13 with a qualifier playing a qualifier, we would never have heard about it.

"It's unfortunate for him it happened on a pretty big stage when someone was on the verge of an upset."



06/25/04 11:31 ET

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Why wasn't Venus HONEST?? She didn't say shit. Maybe she wanted to lose.
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Serena should have pulled out her "fabrication" line again
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If your giving Venus benefit of the doubt that she didnt KNOW what the score was, why would people not do the same for K Lina? Because she was the underdog?
She outplayed V all match long, bottom line. And being that it was the BIGGEST match of her life, Im sure her mind was racing.

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Well, Venus knows SPORT. She know that one point didn't turn the match around, Could've made a difference, but I figure, SHE FIGURES, she had her chances.

As far as them Slamming Sprem, thats the Media for you....they are saying what THEY WOULD'VE DONE in those situations, not Slamming Sprem.

They are just creating noise here.(the journalist)

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If Venus didn't know the correct score, how the hell is it fair to say that K-Lina did??? Please explain that to me.
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I think it´s not fair of Roddick to say this, as long as he´s not troubled with it. I do understand Serena´s feelings because she´s V´s sister...but hey, it´s pretty damn unfair to blame another player for something which is unknown. Let´s just make a police test with Sprem, if she really said the truth...that´s BS
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The first sentence says it all.

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Interesting.....and I think specially Andy saying this says a lot....

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Someone answer my question.
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BOTH Venus and Karolina were silly not to contact each other.
But it was Venus' problem, so she should have done the first step.
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why don't serena and andy ask venus why she didn't complain?

i'm sorry, but this is just ridiculous.


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once again....

If Venus didn't know the correct score, how the hell is it fair to say that K-Lina did??? Please explain that to me.
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