Serena Williams Threatens Line Judge “I Would Kill You” [Video]
Total Pro Sports – After seeing a man run onto the court to give Rafael Nadal a kiss following his quarterfinals victory over Gael Monfils, I thought we had seen the best/worst of this year’s US Open tournament. I was wrong. Dead wrong!
Last night’s semifinals match between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters was the epitomy of craziness as the game ended in the most unusual fashion after Serena was penalized on match point, costing her the game, set, and match. After already receiving a code violation warning for breaking her racket after losing the first set, Williams was serving 5-6, 15-30 in the second. She faulted on her first serve and on her second attempt was called for a foot foul by the line judge. That cost her a crucial point at an important part of the game as Clijsters was now one point away from advancing to the finals. Serena responded to the call in a rather inaffable manner, making her way over to the line judge to shout and curse at her as she waved her racket and ball in disgust.
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.” [ESPN]
The line judge was then called over by the chair umpire and after a breif discussion, the tournament referee Brian Earley was called onto the court. The boos rained down from the crowd making it difficult to hear the conversation taking place. Williams then made her way over to tell her side of the story as she stated to the line judge, “Sorry, but there are a lot of people who’ve said way worse.”
After the line judge said something else to Earley, Serena responded by saying “I didn’t say I would kill you. Are you serious? I didn’t say that.” The line judge responded by saying “yes” as she shook her head. Serena was peanalized on match point for her second conduct infraction and the game was over with Clijsters recording the 6-4, 7-5 victory and now moving on to the finals.
This is bound to be the story of the tournament, unfortunately overshadowing the excellent performance by Clijsters in her return to women’s tennis. She will now go on to face Danish sensation Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final.
As for Serena, we can’t help but agree with her comment that worse things have been said. That is not only the case within the game of tennis, but outside it as well. When you think about it, at least she didn’t decide to chase the umpire around the court, attempting to trip and beat her like those soccer nuts. Heck, even baseball manager Ron Gardenhire must have said worse things to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson, and he didn’t even get ejected. Instead, he got the call changed in his favour.
That was not the case for Serena this time, but you can only assume fear will strike the line judge that sees her commit her next foot foul. Not just any fear, but fear for her life!
Here is another angle.