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calico_101
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:46 AM
I mean really, she was bang out of order. She needs to own it and apologise.

Not only is it right thing to do but otherwise I can see this following her around to the other other tournaments.

Very disappointed in her behaviour right now.

barmaid
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Disgraceful exhibition from a professional athlete.:devil:..it certainly eclipsed Martina's "meltdown" bigtime...always criticized for being a "poor sport" Serena will never live down this ugly display of unsportsman-like behaviour.:p...I didn't see the match but did see the replay of the incident on Sportsdesk and it was right from the "Getto"....the WTA have to take this to a higher level and fine Serena bigtime....its all captured on tape...no denying any of those terrible threatening words.....I was never a supporter of Serena but I certainly appreciated her game and to throw all those accomplishments away with gutter language by "blowing her lid" in such an unprofessional manner will be forever hard to live down.:rolleyes: Nice job Serena,:angel: don't ever talk about Martina's image being tarnished.....yours just went "down the drain" ! :sad:
Congratulations to Kim, I'm now hoping she will capture her 2nd U.S. Open victory! :worship::hearts:

Barmaid

terjw
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Yes - I think this would be the bigger thing for her to do than to be silent and which effectively maintains an I didn't do anything wrong position. It makes a person a stronger person when they can do that and admit they were wrong. She did no favours at her interview and sounded like she was relieved that the reporters there didn't actually hear what she said to the LJ. I'd like her to apologise because she believes that's right. If she does it just because she's told to - Arrg. I'd rather her not do it at all.

It was the heat of the occasion. And she can say that and that she'd let herself down.

scheele
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:58 AM
I'd bar her from playing in the next slam if she doesn't apologize.

Ian Aberdon
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:01 AM
I'd just bar her...;)

wipeout
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:10 AM
If Serena really did threaten the lineswoman then she'd be a fool not to apologise to someone who's one phonecall away from getting her arrested for something with potentially dozens of witnesses and video and/or audio evidence.

Time to get out the credit card and buy the nicest "Sorry" card and the biggest bouquet of flowers in New York I think. :angel:

chrissiefan
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:14 AM
Serena should just say sorry. It was the heat of the moment, I reacted badly, and I'm sorry. I would have a lot of respect for her, if she did that.

markdelaney
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:14 AM
Somebody whose sister was shot dead in a gangland murder threatens to kill you......

Of course it's an emotional and totally empty threat but I suspect this won't be the end of it.

The Dawntreader
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:15 AM
I agree. Noone deserves to have such vulgarity hurled at them.

I like Serena, but her behaviour was appaling.

austennis
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:16 AM
I agree the calls for suspension... if she did this in almost any other sport she would have to go before a tribunal and could face possible bans for several weeks or months. But in tennis shes right back and free to go again - i say give her a ban from defedning AO - a big thing i know - but if you ban her from general tournaments she wont care

is1531
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:21 AM
[QUOTE=barmaid;16484009]Disgraceful exhibition from a professional athlete.:devil:..it certainly eclipsed Martina's "meltdown" bigtime...always criticized for being a "poor sport" Serena will never live down this ugly display of unsportsman-like behaviour.:p...I didn't see the match but did see the replay of the incident on Sportsdesk and it was right from the "Getto"....the WTA have to take this to a higher level and fine Serena bigtime....its all captured on tape...no denying any of those terrible threatening words.....I was never a supporter of Serena but I certainly appreciated her game and to throw all those accomplishments away with gutter language by "blowing her lid" in such an unprofessional manner will be forever hard to live down.:rolleyes: Nice job Serena,:angel: don't ever talk about Martina's image being tarnished.....yours just went "down the drain" ! :sad:
Congratulations to Kim, I'm now hoping she will capture her 2nd U.S. Open victory! :worship::hearts:


Serena may be the best player of all time, but I still see her as a lowlife. Hingus lost it at times, but she was the best female entertainer in the history of tennis. People loved to watch her win or lose. After Graf, Hingus was my 2nd favorite tennis player ever. The French hated Martina, because they never forget an argument, but Martina always provied the drama. Drama gets fans excited.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:21 AM
I agree the calls for suspension... if she did this in almost any other sport she would have to go before a tribunal and could face possible bans for several weeks or months. But in tennis shes right back and free to go again - i say give her a ban from defedning AO - a big thing i know - but if you ban her from general tournaments she wont care

A ban from the AO for cursing a lines person (when players do it all the time) is absurd. Did Dmitri Tursunov receive a ban from a grand slam when he actually put his hands on a chair umpire a couple years ago?

is1531
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:27 AM
I agree the calls for suspension... if she did this in almost any other sport she would have to go before a tribunal and could face possible bans for several weeks or months. But in tennis shes right back and free to go again - i say give her a ban from defedning AO - a big thing i know - but if you ban her from general tournaments she wont care

I would not ban her from Australia. That is too malicious. Just fine her her 250,000, since she did not hit the lady. If she hit her then she throw the book at her. I have no problem with a player arguing a call, but tone it down just a little without cursing.

It works both ways. I saw Roger Federer only question a call at Roland Garros in 2009 and the French fans started booing Roger. The French always want to overjudge a person for questioning a call. Serena screwed up and should pay a fine for her insubordination. The fans in NY backed Serena, which really pissed me off.

scheele
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:30 AM
A fine means nothing to someone as rich as her. A 2 slam ban is needed i think.

BournemouthBoy
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:32 AM
I dont care about Serena upsettingt he line judge, I feel sory for Clijsters whos special moment of making the slam final was taken away by Serena, Serena should have stayed courtside for a few minutes.

LightWarrior
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:33 AM
She said during the interview that she might see the lines person. I'm sure that she will.

Chrissie-fan
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:35 AM
She should apologise, but she shouldn't humiliate herself. Nobody died here and her behavior didn't harm Kim, she only harmed herself.

Navratil
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:35 AM
I don't think so. I can totally understand her reaction. Footfault in that situation - you can really lose control.
She was so unlucky to loose the match like that.

Don't blame her! She must feel so bad about the loss anyway... :-(

Dodoboy.
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:36 AM
scheele would you just STFU!

Are you telling me you've never been irrationally angry? And in such a big stage, you'd have to have a PRETTY high opinion of yourself to say that you'd not have been angry.

Navratil
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:37 AM
The rules are not fair! You shouldn't lose a match with a second warning. In that situation she should have get a kind of second "first warning". Especially because it was a differend abuse!

Cookie Power
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:37 AM
Dumb people don't apologize.

rockstar
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:38 AM
she should apologies, and maybe be issued a fine (not that it matters much to her)

to ban her from tournaments, let alone slams, is out of the question. she isn't the first person to hurl abusive words at an official.

Chrissie-fan
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:39 AM
A fine means nothing to someone as rich as her. A 2 slam ban is needed i think.
I hope not. If that were to happen whoever will win those next two slams will be accused of only winning because Serena wasn't allowed to play.

exoneuk
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Just been catching up and the first thing that sprang to mind when Serena was hurling abuse at the line judge was: "would you speak to your mother that way?"

EXTREMELY disappointing end to that contest. It looked like an absolute classic and kinda pleased it wasn't a final if I'm honest because that would have been FAR worse, particularly for Kim but also the fans and to be honest, Serena would have been slaughtered in every paper going. She probably still will but it won't last nearly as long as it would if THAT was the final.

I love a bit of drama sometimes but ouch.

sammy01
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:42 AM
can we just stop saying 'abuse' at the linesperson. abuse is telling them to fuck off, serena threatened her with violence, big difference.

madmax
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:46 AM
well, we are talking about GhettoRena here - are people really surprised byt his incident? She was bullying Mary Joe at the French this year, but it seems like she can get away with anything she does or acts, she should be FINED at least, a ban is also not out of the question..

Aravanecaravan
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:57 AM
A fine isn't going to do it. The maximum amount of any fine they could impose would pale in signifigance to her income. She'd just figure it would be worth the money to vent, like an asshole who blows off speeding tickets.

Three things need to happen to send a message to not only her but the rest of the athletes on the tennis tours:

1. she needs to be compelled to make both a personal and public apology to that linesperson and say, whether she believes it or not, that she was wrong to have acted the way she did, said what she said, and made the threats that she did to another person.

2. she needs to be suspended for a meaningful period of time from a meaningful event. If not a slam, then the YEC.

3. she needs to be fined whatever amount the WTA sanctions for such an episode.

What she did was an abomination to the sport and she shouldn't be given a pass just because she was an American playing in NY or because she is popoular or because she is black. If it was any other player you can bet they'd be tossed out for a good while.

*JR*
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:41 PM
The Prez needs to bring all involved to the WH for a beer summit like with Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley. :drink:

Galsen
Sep 13th, 2009, 12:46 PM
are you fucking kidding me? excuses public?
when Victoria , or other players go crazy we don't say anything just they are horrible but for Serena , she has to apologize to the whole world ?

TSequoia01
Sep 13th, 2009, 01:39 PM
After proving to Serena that she indeed did footfault (from what I have seen not convinced) , there should be a formal apology to the linesperson, Kim, the ITF, and fans.

Vaidisova Ruled
Sep 13th, 2009, 01:42 PM
are you fucking kidding me? excuses public?
when Victoria , or other players go crazy we don't say anything just they are horrible but for Serena , she has to apologize to the whole world ?
Stop bringing Vika to this. She has never threatened anybody

Kart
Sep 13th, 2009, 01:44 PM
She should apologise, but she shouldn't humiliate herself. Nobody died here and her behavior didn't harm Kim, she only harmed herself.

:worship:


I don't think there's any right course of action here other than to issue an apology - perhaps to the linesperson in private and a more general, open one.

That would suffice for most people I expect. I'm sure the WTA has rules of conduct and will issue whatever sanctions fit in with them as well.

The Kaz
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:05 PM
She said during the interview that she might see the lines person. I'm sure that she will.

....bringing a tennis ball to carry out her threats :devil:


Lineswoman better sleep with one eye open tonight :scared:

Tennisstar86
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:09 PM
What Serena said... "I Swear to god I feel like shoving this throat down your fucking throat right now.. You are a Liar a Fucking Liar" so you want Serena to apologize for feeling angry and telling the linesperson what she was feeling?!?!?! not even a threat. next please..

Followed by her standard "You dont know me" :haha:

the cat
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Serena should just say sorry. It was the heat of the moment, I reacted badly, and I'm sorry. I would have a lot of respect for her, if she did that.I want Serena to apologize that way too but it doesn't look like she will. But it's almost too late for her to make a legitimate apology at this point because it will look like her family or agent implored her to do so.

Did anyone else notice Serena's agent lpse her composure last night and push the television camera when they were underground after the match? She needs a composure lesson too.

scoobsuk
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:13 PM
It's Serena so I doubt she will.

That kitty doesn't have to recognise jack shit on a hill of beans if she doesn't want to.

hacberto
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:14 PM
She won't get banned so just shut up
She can say sorry or whatever, she's moving on I actually liked that she lost now she can work on a lot of things and get more fit to defend the AO and also now Kim can win the US Open

skanky~skanketta
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Disgraceful exhibition from a professional athlete.:devil:..it certainly eclipsed Martina's "meltdown" bigtime...always criticized for being a "poor sport" Serena will never live down this ugly display of unsportsman-like behaviour.:p...I didn't see the match but did see the replay of the incident on Sportsdesk and it was right from the "Getto"....the WTA have to take this to a higher level and fine Serena bigtime....its all captured on tape...no denying any of those terrible threatening words.....I was never a supporter of Serena but I certainly appreciated her game and to throw all those accomplishments away with gutter language by "blowing her lid" in such an unprofessional manner will be forever hard to live down.:rolleyes: Nice job Serena,:angel: don't ever talk about Martina's image being tarnished.....yours just went "down the drain" ! :sad:
Congratulations to Kim, I'm now hoping she will capture her 2nd U.S. Open victory! :worship::hearts:

Barmaid
Serena - Screamed at the line judge. Pleaded for about 2 minutes, went over to Kim and was VERY gracious to Kim.
Martina - Crossed the net, made a big hoo-ha, refused to come out for the trophy presentation, slapped an official had to cry on mommy's shoulder. And then got BANNED for being a coke-head.

And when did Serena ever talk about Martina's image being tarnished? Please.

Noctis
Sep 13th, 2009, 03:41 PM
She apologise to Kim.So end off :yawn:

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 13th, 2009, 03:53 PM
Serena should just say sorry. It was the heat of the moment, I reacted badly, and I'm sorry. I would have a lot of respect for her, if she did that.

exactly.

:rolleyes: @ the irrational crazies calling for a suspension and banishment. and :rolleyes::rolleyes: @ Serena for giving them the ammunition.

50Sense
Sep 13th, 2009, 03:56 PM
You all would like a slam ban wouldn't you? :lol:

-VSR-
Sep 13th, 2009, 03:56 PM
:haha: At the people saying she should be banned from the next grand slam (some idiot even said two) that will never happen. :weirdo:

markdelaney
Sep 13th, 2009, 03:59 PM
exactly.

:rolleyes: @ the irrational crazies calling for a suspension and banishment. and :rolleyes::rolleyes: @ Serena for giving them the ammunition.

agree totally (But then I usually do agree with your posts!)

It was a code violation. It resulted in a point penalty.She wasn't defaulted. People should move on. A fine won't exactly hurt her and as it's the first and only time Serena has abused a linesperson, it should be treated as that and we all move on.

archie4
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Serena needs to apologise ASAP!!! If she just lets this go, the situation could get totally out of hand (and she may be forced to miss the doubles final--which they should win). A heartfelt apology needs to happen now.

sasha&tennis
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:25 PM
No she should not apologize because the call was bad. To apologize would mean that she agreed with the call & she clearly does not so that would be dumb. People are so funny to want Serena and other people to do things that they don't even apply to their lives on a daily bases. There are plenty of people in that case that we all need to apologize to. Don't try to make Serena an example here because she was once again the victim of a very bad call at the us open. They need to apologize to Serena if anything.

archie4
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:42 PM
No she should not apologize because the call was bad.

Serena is not in trouble because she was upset with a bad call. She's in trouble because she verbally threatened the line judge. If Serena simply would have given the line judge a stare-down or complained directly to the chair, there would be no problem. She went off the handle.

barmaid
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:43 PM
No she should not apologize because the call was bad. To apologize would mean that she agreed with the call & she clearly does not so that would be dumb. People are so funny to want Serena and other people to do things that they don't even apply to their lives on a daily bases. There are plenty of people in that case that we all need to apologize to. Don't try to make Serena an example here because she was once again the victim of a very bad call at the us open. They need to apologize to Serena if anything.
Nevertheless, a foot-fault was called...Serena was losing the game and was already down a set....her outburst was "way over the top"...I assume by your avatar you are a Venus fan, Venus would never have done what Serena did...she is much more diplomatic with the linespeople and the judges.:angel:..no, this incident doesn't require an apology from the little Asian linesperson or from any of the officials or referees...this was a gross act of being discourteous by Serena when she was losing...instead of blaming herself for her poor play and umpteen errors:rolleyes:...she lashed out at a poor defenceless linesperson.:help:...to condone this act is pure barbarism !! :p

Barmaid:wavey:

Freddi22cl
Sep 13th, 2009, 04:50 PM
No she should not apologize because the call was bad. To apologize would mean that she agreed with the call & she clearly does not so that would be dumb. People are so funny to want Serena and other people to do things that they don't even apply to their lives on a daily bases. There are plenty of people in that case that we all need to apologize to. Don't try to make Serena an example here because she was once again the victim of a very bad call at the us open. They need to apologize to Serena if anything.

wrong.

It's irrelevant whether the call was right or wrong or the unfortunate timing of the call. Her behaviour following the call was disgraceful and reflects poorly on her. There's no room for that in this sport.

After reflection, Serena will apologize.

drake3781
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:35 PM
I don't think so. I can totally understand her reaction. Footfault in that situation - you can really lose control.
She was so unlucky to loose the match like that.

Don't blame her! She must feel so bad about the loss anyway... :-(

scheele would you just STFU!

Are you telling me you've never been irrationally angry? And in such a big stage, you'd have to have a PRETTY high opinion of yourself to say that you'd not have been angry.

are you fucking kidding me? excuses public?
when Victoria , or other players go crazy we don't say anything just they are horrible but for Serena , she has to apologize to the whole world ?

After proving to Serena that she indeed did footfault (from what I have seen not convinced) , there should be a formal apology to the linesperson, Kim, the ITF, and fans.

What Serena said... "I Swear to god I feel like shoving this throat down your fucking throat right now.. You are a Liar a Fucking Liar" so you want Serena to apologize for feeling angry and telling the linesperson what she was feeling?!?!?! not even a threat. next please..

Followed by her standard "You dont know me" :haha:

She won't get banned so just shut up
She can say sorry or whatever, she's moving on I actually liked that she lost now she can work on a lot of things and get more fit to defend the AO and also now Kim can win the US Open

No she should not apologize because the call was bad. To apologize would mean that she agreed with the call & she clearly does not so that would be dumb. People are so funny to want Serena and other people to do things that they don't even apply to their lives on a daily bases. There are plenty of people in that case that we all need to apologize to. Don't try to make Serena an example here because she was once again the victim of a very bad call at the us open. They need to apologize to Serena if anything.

Easy captures of people who do not even believe at a minimum that Serena should apologize. Wow.

Olórin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:36 PM
Serena should be apologised to, for a lifetimes worth of poor officiating against her.

phelbyn
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Oh people! Serena is mature. She already has discussed it. Here is a quote from the WTA website:


And what about the foot fault? "I'm pretty sure I did," Williams added. "If she called a foot fault, she must have seen a foot fault. I mean, she was doing her job. I'm not going to knock her for doing her job."


If Serena can hadnle it with such maturity, her fans should as well.

gmokb
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Hell no, apologize for being robbed again at the Open?

Yasmine
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:42 PM
No she should not apologize because the call was bad. To apologize would mean that she agreed with the call & she clearly does not so that would be dumb. People are so funny to want Serena and other people to do things that they don't even apply to their lives on a daily bases. There are plenty of people in that case that we all need to apologize to. Don't try to make Serena an example here because she was once again the victim of a very bad call at the us open. They need to apologize to Serena if anything.
Whether the call was right or wrong isn't relevant.

Umpires are human and it is part of the game to accept that as much as we need to obey to the judges/umpires decisions, and those can be wrong... this is human error, and surely not a question of life or death.

Seriously I've seen an outburst from Hewitt during a AO final (or semis) which was much worse than this, and he didn't even get warned so I don't see why should she apologise (nor what people are making such a fuss about it). She admitted she was wrong, and said the line judge has done her job and that she went by the rules and deserves the penalty point and that's it.

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:44 PM
can we just stop saying 'abuse' at the linesperson. abuse is telling them to fuck off, serena threatened her with violence, big difference.

There was clearly NO real intent whatsoever, I mean do you TRULY believe Serena was going to hit the woman?

I feel bad, because had Serena not been footfaulted, she night very well have held serve, and then God knows what would have happened.

Although, Serena, take some lessons from Venus re on court behaviour, stop swearing.

If the lines Judge felt threatened, fair enough, she doesn't need to take that, and Serena is physically imposing, I mean she had 10 inches on that lady, and the second time, it looked like she was actively running AWAY from Serena.

Should she have been footfaulted - Never
Should she have gotten the point penalty - Definitely.

If they ban her/default her from future matches, then that would be a total farce, I say, make the lines judge call the ladies doubles final :devil:

:rolleyes: @ the Sharapova fans getting high and mighty, :lol: alle up your fucking ass? She was just threatening to stick the ball up a different orifice...and to the whole crowd :eek::eek: amaze!

Joking...though other players have NOT been warned for profanity in the past, Serena being one of them....a prolific curser...she needs to get that sorted....she can't keep selling herself short....although for some reason, for me, this doesn't surpass lucky shots haha! :drool:

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:46 PM
Whether the call was right or wrong isn't relevant.

Umpires are human and it is part of the game to accept that as much as we need to obey to the judges/umpires decisions, and those can be wrong... this is human error, and surely not a question of life or death.

Seriously I've seen an outburst from Hewitt during a AO final (or semis) which was much worse than this, and he didn't even get warned so I don't see why should she apologise (nor what people are making such a fuss about it). She admitted she was wrong, and said the line judge has done her job and that she went by the rules and deserves the penalty point and that's it.

:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship::wors hip::worship::worship:

I too have seen FAR WORSE BEHAVIOUR than that! And nothing has been done about it. Alas, Serena had to be (deservedly) made an example of....:tape:

nikita771
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I think that Serena will come out with an apology. Surely, a bit of distance from the situation will give her a chance to realize that no matter how pissed off she was, she was WRONG to go off the way she did.

Vanity Bonfire
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:49 PM
She bloody well should. I have never been spoken to like that in my life, and, no matter what the circumstance, I would never expect to be spoken to like that. As well, Serena was wholly unrepentant and tried to deny that anything had happened in her presser.

BlameSerena
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Whether she apologizes or not, I don't like how people are trying to dismiss the call like it is irrelevant when it is a large part of why Serena was set off.

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:50 PM
Serena should be apologised to, for a lifetimes worth of poor officiating against her.

:worship:

I think it's pretty sad. The opinion that this will in any way tarnish her career is just plain stupid though, Justine's little hand incident, or retirement from the AO (which I never understood being an issue because the woman was fucking ill :o) are not tarnishing her legacy, other than among bitter-ish Rena and Momo fans...I mean Justine shouldn't have done what she did...but its done...same with McEnroe, in fact, he is glorified for his past behaviour...

Maybe we will have a series of advertisements with Serena screaming...well see avatar...like they get mcEnroe to shout 'Are you serious!?'

.....admittedly Rena's would have to be post-watershed.:drool:

barboza
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:51 PM
She really needs to apologize. It's understandable she was caught in the heat of the moment, but she really cannot deny threatening the lineswoman.

maja.amelie
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I don't think Serena cares 0.000000000001 % as much as some people here. I think she's fine. She doesn't like to lose but she'll accept like any other defeat and get over it. And everything will be the same....AO here we come.

(as long as she isn't disqualified from the game which will probably not happen)

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:53 PM
She bloody well should. I have never been spoken to like that in my life, and, no matter what the circumstance, I would never expect to be spoken to like that. As well, Serena was wholly unrepentant and tried to deny that anything had happened in her presser.

Moronic. I think it fairly evident she recognised she had done wrong. She admitted her footfault (though she didn't even hit one), she admitted she deserved the point penalty etc etc.

She didn't apologise, stating that others have done worse and not apologised. That was WRONG OF HER, as was her CONDUCT....but come on now....you are just making things seem far worse than they were in the presser....

She took FULL RESPOSIBILITY FOR HER UACCEPTABLE behaviour.
:rolleyes:

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 05:54 PM
She really needs to apologize. It's understandable she was caught in the heat of the moment, but she really cannot deny threatening the lineswoman.

Exactly, And it is totally UNACCEPTABLE to threaten anyone. Regardless of how empty the threat is!

Vanity Bonfire
Sep 13th, 2009, 06:18 PM
Moronic. I think it fairly evident she recognised she had done wrong. She admitted her footfault (though she didn't even hit one), she admitted she deserved the point penalty etc etc.

She didn't apologise, stating that others have done worse and not apologised. That was WRONG OF HER, as was her CONDUCT....but come on now....you are just making things seem far worse than they were in the presser....

She took FULL RESPOSIBILITY FOR HER UACCEPTABLE behaviour.
:rolleyes:

So what she took full responsibility? That means sweet fuck all in my book.

Also, why do you have Serena's disgusting little rant as your sig? It's not cool, you know.

RFSTB
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Considering her stature in the tennis world and the world of women's sports at large, I think she should apologize and do so publicly. As much as I agree that it was a stupid call that should not have been made, her outburst remained unprofessional and unsportsmanlike. Even if the call was bad, consider the fact that she makes $10m a year while the linesperson makes $30k, that's 0.3% of what she makes, it makes her look like the ultimate privileged rich bitch diva trampling on the little people. A sincere apology will win her back many casual fans that she probably shocked and lost last night, and get this sorry chapter closed and behind us. Otherwise, this ugliness will linger on and she'll end up with a black mark on her stellar career when she retires.

Please do the right thing Serena, not just for the linesperson, the sport, the fans but most of all, for yourself.

Thanx4nothin
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:11 PM
So what she took full responsibility? That means sweet fuck all in my book.

Also, why do you have Serena's disgusting little rant as your sig? It's not cool, you know.

It should be rather relevant in your book considering you ranted that she acted like she hadn't done anything.

2nd point - Because I can? :wavey:

Tennisstar86
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:11 PM
Easy captures of people who do not even believe at a minimum that Serena should apologize. Wow.

Nope, sure dont think she should apologize.... I dont think she should be apologized too.....but
A)she got cheated
B) she got hot
C) she got punished....
D) It should be over, but haters want her lynched for it....

Tell me some players that have apologized after going ape shit crazy at an official

Just_lindsay
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Serena, apologize? Maybe when pigs fly... she's always been a classless twit.

:o

Vanity Bonfire
Sep 13th, 2009, 07:46 PM
It should be rather relevant in your book considering you ranted that she acted like she hadn't done anything.

2nd point - Because I can? :wavey:

Precisely why. She knew as soon as the umpire got involved that she was fucked. She knew all well what she had done, yet she pretended that nothing had happened and she doesn't even bother to apologise to anyone.

How people can still support Serena after this, I don't know. I used to like her and respect her ability to be a great champion. This incident has just changed this.

guyinsf
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Disgraceful exhibition from a professional athlete.:devil:..it certainly eclipsed Martina's "meltdown" bigtime...always criticized for being a "poor sport" Serena will never live down this ugly display of unsportsman-like behaviour.:p...I didn't see the match but did see the replay of the incident on Sportsdesk and it was right from the "Getto"....the WTA have to take this to a higher level and fine Serena bigtime....its all captured on tape...no denying any of those terrible threatening words.....I was never a supporter of Serena but I certainly appreciated her game and to throw all those accomplishments away with gutter language by "blowing her lid" in such an unprofessional manner will be forever hard to live down.:rolleyes: Nice job Serena,:angel: don't ever talk about Martina's image being tarnished.....yours just went "down the drain" ! :sad:
Congratulations to Kim, I'm now hoping she will capture her 2nd U.S. Open victory! :worship::hearts:

Barmaid


Which Martina are you talking about and what incident are you talking about? I don't ever recall Hingis or Navratilova being this out of line with someone else on the tennis court.

guyinsf
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Considering her stature in the tennis world and the world of women's sports at large, I think she should apologize and do so publicly. As much as I agree that it was a stupid call that should not have been made, her outburst remained unprofessional and unsportsmanlike. Even if the call was bad, consider the fact that she makes $10m a year while the linesperson makes $30k, that's 0.3% of what she makes, it makes her look like the ultimate privileged rich bitch diva trampling on the little people. A sincere apology will win her back many casual fans that she probably shocked and lost last night, and get this sorry chapter closed and behind us. Otherwise, this ugliness will linger on and she'll end up with a black mark on her stellar career when she retires.

Please do the right thing Serena, not just for the linesperson, the sport, the fans but most of all, for yourself.

Again please tell me what it was a stupid call?
A foot fault is a foot fault and if the line judge sees one is she not allowed to call it, match point or not?

danieln1
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:36 PM
She should apoligize to Kim Clijsters especially, for taking some pride for her win, she felt very awkward and she looked pissed... Serena was crazy yesterday, and she will be fined heavilly

Talula
Sep 13th, 2009, 10:41 PM
I dont care about Serena upsettingt he line judge, I feel sory for Clijsters whos special moment of making the slam final was taken away by Serena, Serena should have stayed courtside for a few minutes.

The best post on this. It was Kim's moment and now it's distressing. I hope it doesn't affect her in the final.

PreOp
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Apologize for what? She should be proud of herself.

Serena stood up to a Tennis establishment that tends to view Tennis as a Club rather than a Sport. Two Miss Sunshines competing for the title suite the club mentality to a T.

I am an old timer. Though an American I am Aussie style old school all the way. That's why of the sisters I strongly favor Venus. Serena is new school NBA style all the way. I picture a point guard driving to the hoop in the last seconds sinking a lay up for the tie, only to be called for a charge. That's Serena for you. That's why her fans love her.

The motives and the actions of the WTA and the U.S. Open are suspect. Typically Hewitt's rant, on top of other rants, over a foot fault call which many felt was racist in the early round match he had with Blake in 2001, was not penalized . He got off with no penalty, despite the fact that he, unlike Serena, had a long history of "bad behavior". Was Serena because she is a big black woman, with no history of violence, be some how more threatening than Hewitt was racist. Or is it that the WTA and the US Open don't take racism nor sexism that seriously.

Always surly in defeat, even when to her sister, she has hopefully turned a new leaf as immediately after the default she went to Clijsters displaying a genuine camaraderie. In her press conference she was composed, as she was when left the court, thoughtful and invariably gracious. Clijsters too has much to be proud of, after all she didn't want to win that way.

Valanga
Sep 13th, 2009, 11:54 PM
^please do not try to divert other's attention :o
she did something over the top, and the victim deserves an apology from serena. It's just a sorry can do.

SharapovaFTW
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:18 AM
I think this little article sums it up perfectly

If you have never seen how a cowardly bully reacts when challenged for picking on the little kid in the schoolyard, then take a look at the vision of Serena Williams at the US Open yesterday.

The spectacle would be exactly the same.

Used to getting her way since her father thrust the racket into her hands at aged four, the younger of the Williams siblings did not just throw a tantrum when foot-faulted to set up match point against Kim Clijsters.

She physically threatened an official, by offering to ram a tennis ball down her throat.

She then denied her offensive behaviour on court with all the grace of a bout of gastro, and followed that up with a refusal to even countenance an apology to the linesperson she abused, threatened and intimidated.

"I've never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don't know why she would be threatened," Williams said, without a hint of irony.

What an unedifying, ungrateful, spoilt, nasty, mean-spirited and graceless yob this supposed "champion" is.

Not only did she overshadow a great tournament with her childish and petulant antics, she made sure Clijsters' amazing feat of reaching a Grand Slam final just months after a return to the sport following childbirth was almost forgotten.

And I would surmise that she wouldn't even care, maybe not even notice

Hopefully the WTA do take notice, and smash Williams with a fine at the very least, although a suspension from tournaments that would effect her earning potential and ranking would be more appropriate.

And just as befits a bully of her nature, she should also be made to apologise to the official who dared to fault her.

Because admitting she was in the wrong would seem to be the last thing that Williams would want to do.

matty
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:24 AM
"I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly."
This is kind of an apology.

Donny
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:28 AM
"Not only did she overshadow a great tournament with her childish and petulant antics, she made sure Clijsters' amazing feat of reaching a Grand Slam final just months after a return to the sport following childbirth was almost forgotten."

No actually, the media did that. Serena didn't force them to focus on her.

AcesHigh
Sep 14th, 2009, 12:31 AM
"I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly."
This is kind of an apology.

:help: No, it isn't.