What did Serena Williams said to the line judge?? The Serena William vs. Kim Clijsters US Open 2009 semi-final match ended dramatically after Serena Williams’ unacceptable outburst at a line judge.
Serena was serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set and faulted on her first serve. On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault, which made the score 15-40, putting Kim Clijsters one point from victory. Then Serena turns to the judge yelling, cursing and threatening the line judge.
Dropping the f-word liberally, Williams said, “I swear to God I’m [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”
When the line judge went over to the chair umpire, tournament referee Brian Earley and Serena joined them, and the 27 year-old player was heard defending herself, saying, “Sorry, but there are a lot of people who’ve said way worse. I didn’t say I would kill you. Are you serious? I didn’t say that.”
The decision was made. Serena was assessed a point penalty for a code violation of unsportsmanlike conduct, which gave the stunned Kim, who didn’t exactly know what was going on, the match.
“She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty,” Earley explained. “And it just happened that point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.”
Despite the controversy, Serena would most probably have lost the match anyway and Kim Clijsters is the fair winner. Kim and Caroline Wozniacki will compete for the US Open 2009 title on Sunday (September 13).
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