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    I prefer Fed with longer hair too.

    what kind of weather are they having up there?? i hope the women get to play tonight. but if not, i still my football to watch! hahah

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    Did anyone see Serena yelling at the linesperson lol Serena was mad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arie_skop View Post
    Did anyone see Serena yelling at the linesperson lol Serena was mad!
    I thought she was totally classless when she did that. Yes, the line judge was wrong when she called the foot fault, but there was no excuse for that tirade. I'm glad she is out
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    The tennis forums are going freaking nuts over this Serena thing!

    Some links

    the original video:YouTube - USOPEN Serena Williams quits Semi Finals! Against Kim Clijsters! AMAZING FOOTAGE!! MUST WATCH!!

    ESPN says: But Serena angrily confronted the lineswoman who made the call, dropping the f-word liberally and, getting in her face and waving her racket and later the ball menacingly, saying, "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."

    Serena's tirade abruptly ends match - ESPN

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    I thought she was totally classless when she did that. Yes, the line judge was wrong when she called the foot fault, but there was no excuse for that tirade. I'm glad she is out
    I never seen Serena get so angry! I agree, the foot fault was called at the wrong time but Serena or any other player cannot behave in that manner on court.

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    Ha ha ha ha. Serves the bratty bitch right.
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    Serena looked quite relaxed her in the press conference and in denial. According to Serena, nothing bad was said haha. Poor lineswoman.

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    Serena is an ass.
    Yay for Kim!

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    Looks like valuable lesson time for her! Totally her own fault.
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    What a way to represent America!
    She is spoiled and maybe she has lost her passion? With over 10 grandslam wins behind her maybe she just doesnt care? If this had happened earlier in her career I bet she would have kept her compsure.
    She is a brat. I believe she said she would shove the ball down the judges ****** throat, among other expletives. She has definite issues to get so out of control. Clijsters was favored by the fans, with good reason, she is a class act and Serena is not. With that said I got to bed earlier than i had planned.
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    that was a nerve-racking match. it's a shame serena lost her cool but i'm really happy that kim reached the final.

    from kim's twitter:
    The fairy tale goes on - some how, I'm in the US Open final on Sunday beating both Venus and Serena along the way... am i dreaming???
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    Played probably the best match of my career tonight and it was the craziest too!
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    'Roid rage. Simple as that. If she wasn't juicing, she probably would have kept a cool head.

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    (Expect the cries of 'racially motivated' at the chorus of criticism leveled at her. And what is it with stupid pro athletes and their cookie cutter reponse of "moving on" after their idiocy?)

    Serena Williams makes a fool of herself and deserves punishment -- latimes.com

    Let's get right to the point. Serena Williams should be fined heavily and suspended for a while from the pro tennis tour.

    Let's see what kind of guts the normally soft-on-discipline sport of tennis has this time. If she were an Oregon football player, she'd be out for the season.

    If you saw it on television, you know what happened, you know that she made a fool out of herself Saturday night in an ugly incident at the U.S. Open. If you didn't see it, we'll confirm it:

    Serena Williams made a fool out of herself Saturday night in an ugly incident at the U.S. Open.

    The quick details are:

    * She was given a point penalty on match point, which meant she lost her semifinal to Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 7-5.

    * She was given the point penalty because, after a linesperson called a foot fault on her first serve at 15-40, she went over to the linesperson, shook her fist at her, and from just several feet away, said, according to several witnesses courtside, "You don't know me. You better be right. I could shove this ball down your throat." Interspersed with this were several F-bombs.

    * The lineswoman was called to the chair umpire to report what had been said. The chair umpire had given Williams a warning/code violation at the end of the first set, when Williams smashed her racket to the court and broke it. That is a routine call for chair umpires. A second violation called from the chair is loss of a point, a third loss of the match. Williams' second violation was on match point.

    * The point violation was assessed after a conference around the umpire's chair that included chair umpire Louise Engzell, tournament referee Brian Earley, the unidentified lineswoman and Williams. During that confab, Williams was overheard on TV microphones as denying she had threatened to kill the lineswoman.

    Quickly, Williams was tossing her racket on her bag and walking to the back of the court, where a confused Clijsters spread her palms open as if to say, "What's going on?" and then accepted Williams' handshake and short hug.

    Since the days of John McEnroe and maybe Ilie Nastase, there hasn't been much of this in tennis. This might have gone well beyond those days in severity.

    It was on network television, in one of the most-anticipated matches of the entire tournament. Millions watched.

    It went well beyond the McEnroe tirade stage into body language and direct verbiage that was threatening and ugly.

    It was an embarrassment to a sport that has made good strides recently in expanding its niche. The U.S Tennis Assn. loves to talk about its "grass-roots" programs, geared to getting rackets into young players' hands. Now those young hands have a role model for racket-smashing and bad language.

    As bad as this incident was, leaving a three-quarters-filled Arthur Ashe Stadium in near stunned silence, worse was Williams' handling of the aftermath in a news conference. There, she had a chance to apologize, or maybe even fake some remorse. She did neither.

    Instead, we got the usual, phony, sing-songy deflections and silly answers -- all done with a big smile, as if she had just won, 6-0, 6-0.

    Examples:

    Question: What did you say?

    Answer: What did I say? You didn't hear? Oh.

    Q. Do you think the lineswoman had any reason to feel threatened. Apparently she says she felt threatened?

    A. She says she felt threatened. She said this to you?

    Q. I'm just repeating what has been said that she told the chair umpire.

    A. Well, I've never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don't know why she would be threatened.

    Q. Do you regret losing your temper both after the first set and after the foot fault?

    A. I haven't really thought about it to have any regrets. I try to -- I've done -- you know, I try to not live my life saying, I wish, I wish. But, you know, I was out there and fought and I tried and I did my best.

    Q. You've always prided yourself on being an extremely forthright player, and with us here in the press room. Could you tell us what you said on the court, please?

    A. I don't think that's necessary for me to speak about that. I've let it go, and I'm trying to better -- to, you know, to get -- to move on.

    Q. Do you think the lineswoman deserves an apology?

    A. An apology for?

    Q. From you.

    A. From me?

    Q. Would you be interested to see if you actually foot faulted?

    A. I'm pretty sure I did. If she called a foot fault, she must have seen a foot fault. I mean, she was doing her job. I'm not going to knock her for not doing her job.

    The public that watched this ugly farce will be watching closely now. It will see if tennis pretends that this somehow wasn't as outrageous as it clearly was, and that it didn't wipe out years of image-building in the sport.

    If it goes without being addressed, then tennis is just telling us it cares only about our ticket money and us in front of the television set, but not our respect, loyalty or admiration.


    Best guess? Tennis will pretend this was all a Las Vegas card game and let it ride.

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    Let's set her up on a blind date with Joe Wilson. They could compare anger management techniques.

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