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Source: Serena’s outburst to warrant investigation

By Martin Rogers, Yahoo! Sports

NEW YORK – Serena Williams is set to become the subject of an in-depth investigation after launching into a profane outburst that prompted her exit out of the U.S. Open.

Yahoo! Sports has learned that Williams will be asked to explain her actions and comments toward a female line judge at the end of her semifinal defeat to Kim Clijsters on Saturday night. A source revealed that representatives from tennis’ governing body – the International Tennis Federation – plus members of the Grand Slam Committee, which oversees the four major tournaments – will convene along with U.S. Open referee Brian Earley on Sunday.

The group is expected to review video footage of the incident, seek clarification from the line judge and most likely hand down a heavy fine to Williams. A representative from the WTA Tour is also expected to be included, although the Tour does not have jurisdiction over Grand Slam events. (...)

The on-court controversy was followed by a whirlwind of activity once Williams left the playing area at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Following a press conference, Williams met with Earley to discuss the situation. She then left Flushing Meadows in official U.S. Open transportation, accompanied by her mother Oracene Price and sister Venus Williams. At her media conference, Serena refused to back down.
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Oh my.

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I thought Serena had more class than this


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The right thing to do for that poor linesperson. She was only doing her job, i hope she gets an apoligy for all the cursing etc against her.

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John McEnroe used to do this all the time. To intimidate linespeople into not calling anything close against him.

But to curse and threaten a linesperson at match point, that's quitting, tanking the last point.

The more time that goes by, this was very funny. It's how Serena will be remembered.

Instead of you cannot be serious, she'll be remembered for I'll ram the fucking ball down your fucking throat, or something similar

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I fear she might be suspended from playing her doubles final.

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Nike should make it their next t-shirt for her with a picture of her pointing and underneath her new catch phrase. I think they'd sell!

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This is what I attempted to type last night, but couldn't get it to post. They need to measure the level of her fines, and make a decision regarding her dubs. But this is so fucking sexist as well, Fernando Gonzalez, RG semi-final against Robin Soderling anyone? He was blatantly provoking the umpire and bullying a linesperson.

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Just read to grand slam rulebook, and Serena can be defaulted from doubles as well. It is not automatic, but up to the tournament officals.

Further, not only will she probably be fined for Unsportsmanlike conduct, racquet abuse, and verbal abuse (each offense is punishable up $10,000.00 for each offense), she can be fined up to her prize money earnings for the default (singeles and doubles).

I dunno if they will do all that, but I have a feeling Serena will be made an example for the rest of the tour. This fine is going to be MAJOR.

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Whatever happens, I hope this teaches Serena a big lesson. In that, I'm not disappointed at what she said, I'm disappointed she lost.

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Just to add, I think an apology is MANDATORY, unless like Williamsser said she'll probably be suspended. But hey, what are the chances after this shit storm of her playing this fall?

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WOW! Kinda nervous now!
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Poor Serena. Poor lines person.

This is going to be the defining moment of her career, people will look back and say, remember when she threatened to kill that lines person?

She is a great champion, but she really should have known better and her reputation is all but ruined. She was never exactly known as the most gracefull or "proper" women in womens tennis anyway, but this is just different. She doesn't really deserve this for what was a heat of the moment thing. Why can't she just swallow her pride and make the best of a bad situation, apologise?

Aside from that, how did she not win anyway? Pretty bad match from her, I expected better.

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Did anyone see that the lineperson was smiling when she made the foot-fault call? I'm not trying to defend Serena but if I had just been footfaulted at a critical time in a match and looked over to see the offending linesperson grinning at the call I probably wouldn't be too impressed either.
Its a shame that the match ended like this but luckily this didn't happen in a final.

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Poor Serena. Poor lines person.

This is going to be the defining moment of her career, people will look back and say, remember when she threatened to kill that lines person?
She is a great champion, but she really should have known better and her reputation is all but ruined. She was never exactly known as the most gracefull or "proper" women in womens tennis anyway, but this is just different. She doesn't really deserve this for what was a heat of the moment thing. Why can't she just swallow her pride and make the best of a bad situation, apologise?

Aside from that, how did she not win anyway? Pretty bad match from her, I expected better.
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