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    Open-American media turn on "classless" Serena Williams - Tennis - Yahoo! Sports

    NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The American media turned on Serena Williams on Wednesday, labelling the former world number one as "classless" and "graceless" after her sullen reaction to her U.S. Open exit at the hands of Justine Henin.
    Top seed Henin beat the American 7-6 6-1 in the quarter-finals for the third consecutive grand-slam event on Tuesday but a despondent Williams gave the Belgian scant praise.

    "I just think she made a lot of lucky shots and I made a lot of errors," Williams said at her news conference.
    "I really don't feel like talking about it. It's like I don't want to get fined. That's the only reason I came. I can't afford to pay the fines because I keep losing."
    Players who fail to appear for post-match news conferences face fines from tennis officials.
    Williams's words and manner were greeted with widespread disdain.
    "(Williams) met the media afterward like a rattlesnake meets a ground squirrel," wrote Bill Dwyer, in the Los Angeles Times.
    "If anybody was expecting perspective afterward, or maybe a gracious nod to a better effort by an opponent, forget it. We had sullen Serena. Snippy Serena. Snarly Serena."
    In the New York Times, under the headline, "Williams needs a lesson in etiquette", Selena Roberts wrote: "Who's classless now?
    "The grumpy, borderline nasty disposition that Williams displayed after her loss was a little jarring considering she had her own lack of preparation to blame for giving in so easily to Henin.
    "Serena was bitter, angry and upset. She directed some of that at Henin. Who could use charm school now?"
    In an interview with USA Network, which hosts television coverage of the U.S. Open, John Wertheim, the senior writer for Sports Illustrated magazine, described Serena's reaction as "stunning".
    "There's a lot to admire about Serena but this happens again and again where we just have these completely graceless post-match (news conferences). Lucky shots? I think she means winners."
    Onthebaseline.com, which specialises in women's tennis news, said Williams should probably have skipped the news conference.
    "Serena's public relations department would have done better to pay the fine themselves than to allow their charge to disgrace herself as she did last night," it said.

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    She and her sister have always been graceless, sore losers. Ugh.

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    And they look like men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    And they look like men.
    LOL- yeah, I wouldnt mess with either one of them. And their Dad gives me the creeps.

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    Poor sportsmanship sucks.

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    I know nothing about tennis. So they get fined for losing? How much? Is it like in baseball when the pitcher has to pay an amount for giving up a homerun?

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    ^^ not for losing. She would be fined if she didn't show up for the post game press conference. Typically athletes are required to show up for certain press events, media day at SuperBowl, etc.

    Give it up Serena - you are not in your prime anymore.

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    leave the williams sisters alone.you low lifes

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    ^^Hmm, did you notice you signed up for GOSSIP Rocks? If you don't like it, take your 2 posts and move on.

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    If you are a rude brat and make the money they make, we will comment on your behavior
    If I can't be a good example, then let me be a horrible warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by street129 View Post
    leave the williams sisters alone.you low lifes
    Learn how to construct a sentence, tard.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by street129 View Post
    leave the williams sisters alone.you low lifes
    For some reason this was soo funny to me.

    Yeah, that was very classless of her, I guess she's on her way out she doesn't care much now.

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    Default Rattle on...

    Geez, rattesnake meets ground squirrel...

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    She's never had any class ... but I'm not gonna say anything else cause she could prob. whoop my ass.


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    It could be just 'roid rage

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