Superwoman Serena Williams was ousted in the US Open final, ending the quest for her 14th single Grand slam title. The winner, Australia native Sam Stosur, defeated Williams 6-2, 6-3 in an intense and sometimes controversial game.
The controversy came early in the second set when the chair umpire, Eva Asderaki, penalized Williams for celebrating a point before it was done. Williams yelled, “C’mon,” before the ball reached her opponent, which is in violation of the rules. Asderaki then awarded the point to Stosur, giving her a 1-0 lead in that set.
Williams, shocked and visibility upset, went over to talk to Asderaki saying, “I’m not giving her that game.” She added, “I promise you, that’s not cool. That’s totally not cool.” And Williams couldn’t let it go. During the transition between games, she continued to talk to Asderaki, saying, “You’re out of control. … You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside…”
After Stosur’s win, Williams refused to shake Asderaki’s hand, as is customary at the end of a match. During the trophy presentation, Williams commented on the lost point, but added “It wouldn’t have mattered in the end. Sam played really well.”
We all remember Serena’s outburst at the 2009 U.S. Open when she threatened a line judge. The outburst eventually cost her the match, and according to Bloomberg.com, may result in her being banned from next year’s tournament. Maybe Ms. Williams should take a little time to work on that temper before the Australian Open.
- Brittany Jones-Cooper