Serena Williams gets record fine for U.S. Open tirade

November 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade. The younger Williams sister, screamed a blue streak at a lineswoman after a foot-fault call, during a semifinal match against Kim Clijsters and was docked a penalty point which ended up giving her opponent the match.
Serena had been trailing 5-6, 30-15 in the third set to the Belgian when she was called for stepping on the line on her serve. Having already received a warning earlier in the match for smashing a racket, Williams was handed an automatic point penalty for a second violation which abruptly ended the match, giving Clijsters a 6-4 7-5 victory. Williams, an 11-time Grand Slam singles champion, was also slapped with an unprecedented two-year probationary period at Grand Slam events, that would include a fine increase to $175,000 and being barred from the following U.S. Open.  I am not at all justifying her conduct and actions. But I am pretty sure there are plenty of other well known tennis stars of past and present that would have lost it emotionally, getting hit with a foot fault at that stage of the match.

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One Response to “Serena Williams gets record fine for U.S. Open tirade”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 30th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Why didn’t she just punch her opponent in the face? That’s how Oregon football players handle it, and they get off a lot lighter than $82.5K.

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