Serena Williams lost her US Open crown on a second code violation and a point penalty on match point ultimately falling 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals to Kim Clijsters. The Belgian lady baller will face first time finalist Caroline Wozniacki, who dismissed Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3, in the final tomorrow.
An irate ReRe had already broken her racquet at the end of the first set (earning the first code violation) and, after being called for a foot fault after delivering a second serve at 15-30, she lost it berating and cursing at the linesperson for the call and then receiving the penalty.
Check out her post-match presser here. More updates tomorrow.
And to think we still have the boys' semis to go.
What a tourney.
UPDATE: Kimmie's presser transcript here.
UPDATE #2: In case you missed it, here's the vid.
UPDATE #3: The New York Times' article on the incident -
Reporters who were courtside said that Williams approached the line judge and they heard Williams shout profanity at her. Holding a ball, Williams said to the lineswoman that “you don’t know me,” appearing to inject it with profanity. Then Williams added that the linewoman was lucky that Williams was not, according to The Miami Herald, “shoving this ball down your throat.”
Bad timing on the call for sure but ReRe's reaction and language towards the linesperson were completely unacceptable.
UPDATE #4: Possible suspension and/or fine for ReRe currently being discussed. Still developing.
UPDATE #5: She'll be fined $10,500 - $10,000 for the incident and $500 for racquet abuse. An investigation has been opened to see if additional fines should be levied. Her statement below along with WTA CEO Stacy Allaster...
Last night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job. Now that I have had time to gain my composure, I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly. I would like to thank my fans and supporters for understanding that I am human and I look forward to continuing the journey, both professionally and personally, with you all as I move forward and grow from this experience.
Serena is a great player who has done so much for our sport and I am certain she will continue to be a role model to millions of young women who want to play the game and excel as Serena has done. As a role model, it's important for a leader like Serena to step forward and recognize her behavior last night was unacceptable, and I believe that her statement earlier today is an acknowledgement of her responsibility to her fans.(Photo: Getty)