June 25, 2019

Serena Williams US Open outburst gets only a $2000 fine

Serena Williams suffering from Amnesia at the post match press conference. "I don't remember what I said".

Serena Williams has been fined $2,000 for her tirade at umpire Eva Asderaki in the US Open final yesterday.

Australian, Sam Stosur won the match 6-2 6-3 after Williams was given a code violation for verbally abusing the Greek official early in the second set.

Williams is on a two-year probation for a similar outburst in 2009.

The incident occurred when the American looked to have saved a break point, but her cry of “Come on!” was judged by Asderaki to have come before Stosur had a chance to get the ball back.

She was consequently given a code violation, and at the end of the game she continued to berate the umpire, saying “You’re out of control. You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside.”

Williams quotes directed at Asderaki in the match included:
•”If you ever see me walking down the hall look the other way. You’re out of control, you’re a hater and you’re unattractive inside.”
•”Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow. What a loser.”
•”You get a code violation because I express my end, we’re in America the last time I checked.”
•”Can I have a water? Or am I going to get violated for drinking a water? Really don’t even look at me.”
The point – and the game, the first of the second set – subsequently went to the Australian for “intentional hindrance” and after winning the next point, a furious Williams aimed an angry tirade at Asderaki.

Asked about her reaction afterwards, Williams said: “I don’t even remember what I said, it was just so intense out there.

“It’s the final for me, and I was just – I have to go – I guess I’ll see it on YouTube. I don’t know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone, when they play, they kind of zone out kinda thing. I don’t know, I’ll see it later, I’m sure.”

Stosur admitted that she had been surprised by the incident, saying: “I didn’t really know what was going on. I was just there. I know about the rule but I have never had to deal with it before.”

Williams was fined $82,000 and put on a probationary period at the four major championships in 2010 and 2011 after verbally abusing an official over a foot-fault call in her semi-final defeat by Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

So a $2000 fine is all she gets? That sends a clear message that top flight umpires in professional tennis can be abused at will. You don’t even have to apologise afterwards.

Asderaki behaved with dignity during the incident and was only enforcing the rules. Honestly the tennis officials that decided the fine in this incident were only looking at the ‘meal ticket’that Serena Williams is as a drawcard for womens tennis. Nobody is bigger than the game though.

Williams was losing and her tantrum was a desperate attempt to throw Stosur off her game. It nearly worked, but thankfully, sportswomanship and superior tennis won out in the end and Stosur prevailed.