Williams fined $2,000 over U.S. Open outburst

NEW YORK Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:11pm EDT

Serena Williams of the U.S. argues with the chair umpire during her match against Samantha Stosur of Australia in the finals at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Serena Williams of the U.S. argues with the chair umpire during her match against Samantha Stosur of Australia in the finals at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams was fined $2,000 on Monday for verbally abusing the chair umpire during her loss to Sam Stosur in Sunday's U.S. Open final, the tournament referee Brian Earley said.

Williams, who was still on probation over an in incident at the 2009 U.S. Open, escaped a more severe penalty after officials ruled Sunday's incident was not a major offense.

"Williams' conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offense under the grand slam code of conduct," tournament referee Brian Earley said in a statement.

(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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StopHaten wrote:
John McEnroe ‘Former Tennis Player” had a very bad temper on the court he was worse than Serena Williams.

Check out his video on You Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koE_e_LX4c0&feature=player_embedded

Sep 12, 2011 4:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
squareone75 wrote:
I agree. If it wasn’t for the Williams Sisters amazing play of the last 14 yrs no one would care about the us open. They pump so much money into the game. When they retire there will be a void like no other. Especially for the women’s side. Serena is a competitor and she gets amped. If she doesn’t like the call then she has a right to object.

Again people don’t like strong black women telling them where they can stick their head. I like how the tennis critics and vanilla commentators just harp on her yelling and acting out. They don’t harp on the fact that she is still an amazing athlete and does a lot of stuff on and outside of the sport. Leave her alone.

Sep 12, 2011 10:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
toppchef51 wrote:
I would like to recant that. I do not agree with Serana being fined for her little outburst. Playing on highest tennis level, and areana in the USA,there will always be queationable calls, and Serena has the right to get a little ematioanl if thats where the judges call took her. Hell, Mcenroe was the biggest outburster in all of tennis all the time. Not only in major tourneys, but all matches. When your GREAT at the game, and you’ve won on several occasions you have the professional right to qustion a call,and illustrate a little emotional outburst if you fell it necessary.

Sep 13, 2011 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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