Check out Serena Williams at a press conference following her loss to Belgium’s Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open on Saturday.
After Clijsters won the first set, Williams slammed her racket to the court twice, earning a warning for racket abuse. A lineswoman then called Williams for a foot fault on her second serve, which Williams then reportedly approached her and told her that “you don’t know me,” and that she would “shove this ball down your throat”. Having already picked up her first code violation, she had no points left to give.
Tournament referee Brian Earley explained the penalty procedure and why the match ended without Clijsters being declared the winner:
Williams was called for a foot fault on her second serve, making the score 15-40. She then yelled something at the line umpire, who reported it to the chair umpire. Based on the report, Miss Williams was assessed a code violation, point penalty, for unsportsmanlike conduct. It just happened that point penalty was match point.
Williams explained to reporters following the match: “I used to have a real temper — and I’ve gotten a lot better. I know you don’t believe me, I used to be worse.“