Angry Much? Serena Williams Calls Umpire a “Loser” During U.S. Open Match

September 12, 2011  |  

Was anybody else extremely shocked by the fact that Serena Williams didn’t win the U.S. Open finals match against Samantha Stosur on Sunday? I had been following William’s matches during the tournament and became more and more enthralled with her play after watching her wax the floor with most of her opponents during the tourney. But on Sunday, she lost 6-3 and 6-2 to Stosur, and I don’t want to call her a sore loser, but she sure wasn’t a pleasant one.

Granted, Serena didn’t flip out on Stosur during the match or after, rather, she kind of had an out-of-body experience with the match umpire, Eva Asderaki. Williams is known for screaming “c’mon” from time to time when she’s succeeded in getting a great shot during the match or when she successfully gets a point after a tough back and forth with her opponent. After saying it and sending forth a fiery shot that Stosur wasn’t able to hit back, umpire Asderaki ruled that Williams shouted with the intent to disrupt her opponent. It was a call many didn’t agree with, but none more than Williams. Confusing Asderaki with the umpire she infamously threatened at the U.S. Open two years earlier, Williams said, “Aren’t you the one that screwed me over last time? Yeah, you are. Seriously, you have it out for me. I promise you, that’s not cool, that’s totally not cool. I truly despise you.” Williams later went on to call Asderaki a “hater” during a break from play and during commercials, and the rant got worse:

“If you ever see me walking down the hallway, look the other way, cause your out of control. You’re out of control. You’re a hater, you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow, what a loser. I get a code violation because I express myself, we’re in America last time I checked. Can I get a water? Or am I going to get violated for a water? Really, don’t even look at me. I promise you, don’t look at me because I am not the one. Don’t look my way.”

And unfortunately for Asderaki, she was not the umpire who allegedly “screwed” Serena over before. The two women look nothing alike by the way. When Williams was confronted about that and her remarks, she said she couldn’t even remember what she said, it was just that intense out on the court. However, she offered up no apology to the umpire, or for her anger. I love Serena, but man oh man, she’s got to work on that mouth! To check out video of the whole incident, click HERE.

But what do you think? Did she go too far with her rant?

 

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