September 13, 2009

Serena fined for semifinal outburst

Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate and unprofessional behavior at the end of her U.S. Open semifinal loss.

The penalty was announced Sunday by officials at the tournament.

Williams, after being called for a foot fault violation in the final game of her match against Kim Clijsters Saturday, yelled at a line judge and pointed her racquet at her.

The foot fault and a subsequent unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Williams gave two points to Clijsters, ending the match.

Clijsters' winning score was 6-4, 7-5.

Serena Williams' conduct ... was inappropriate and unprofessional. No matter what the circumstances, no player should be allowed to engage in such behavior without suffering consequences, said Stacey Allaster, chief executive officer of the WTA Tour.

Williams was fined an additional $500 for slamming her racquet to the ground after the first set.

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, Williams said Sunday.