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  • Kelly Perrin Kelly Perrin Sep 13, 2009 13:21 Flag

    Quoth Serena the "Champion": "I'm gonna kill you."

    This wasn't boxing. This was from a "player" to a line judge. Serena continues to be the winner of the "Plaxico Burress do something really ignorant award." Next year, we hear, she's vying for the Darwin award. She can't just lose: she has to blame someone.

    Perfect.

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    • the problem with people like you is that you believe that you have to take sides! be objective. granted the outburst was not good. But what would you do if there was a wrong line call that would make you lose a grand slam? turn around, courtesy and say thank you ma'am. be serious! as much as the outburst was wrong and serena has acknowlegded and apologised, so was the call and an apology is owed to Serena. we all know she is very capabable of wining from match point down. watch last year's final!!!!

    • Why is everybody behaving too holy here?Are you people very sure that if we play the tape of your life style,we will not find something worse that what Serena did?Please,we are human and whenever someone goes wrong,we should leaqrn to forgive and take it as a subject to teach others and not to crucify as if we are even an inch better than her.
      Why is the press not also talking about the wrong call by the lines judge?Replays have shown that it wasn't a foot fault.Yes, she over reacted but it seems that lady was sent to do that also.I think the USTA should also open investigation on this lady's conduct.To be sincere,there were alot of wrong judgement this year at US open.Look at the umpire at the men's finals.He didn't even know what he was doing.This also pissed off RF.
      Do you also know that the highest sales of tickets and Media coverage were for Serena's matches?She is very important to the WTA tour and her absence for event a Master will cost them dearly.tHE TRUTH IS THAT ALL THESE WHITES ORGANISERS ARE NOT HAPPY THAT A PLAYER MORE TO THAT BLACK IS WINNING ALMOST ALL THE SLAMS IN A YEAR.AND THAT'Z WHY THEY RALLIED BEHIND KIM CLIJSTER AND NOT SERENA.IT WAS JUST TOO IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO STOP HER FROM PLAYING THE DOUBLES FINALS.JEALOUSY MAKES HER TO SUCCEED AND SHE WILL CONTINUE TO DORMINATE.KIM HAS COME AND SHE WILL STILL RUN AWAY WHEN SERENA BEATS HER 7 TIMES IN A ROLL TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE 7:1 WINNING RATIO.I HOPE THEY WILL TURN TO HENIN WHO ALSO DID NOT HAVE THE WINNING ADVANTAGE OVER SERENA.SERENA REMAINS A GREAT CHAMPION AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS,THAT IS WHERE SHE BELONGS.

    • I’m not the biggest Serena fan–never have been. She’s very talented, but not my favorite tennis player–Steffi Graff was. Having said that, I feel that some are taking this TOO far. Sure Williams should have received the fine she got, and she should have to apologize to everyone and YES, she most definitely embarrassed herself and surely what she did will be part of her career. But my God, some of you–especially your sports writers are making this woman out to be Jack the Ripper for God’s sake. I’ve seen several of John McEnroes’s outbursts up close and personal, and this type of behavior went on for McEnroes’s entire career. I mean for 10 plus years. In fact, he embarrassed the US several times abroad also–at Wimbledon, and in the Davis Cup championship one year. It got so bad during Davis Cup, he even went toe to toe with Arthur Ashe of all people on television. Yet people’s recollections seem to be getting very fuzzy in that they really DON’T want to remember McEnroe’s tirades–all 10 plus years of them, yet Williams is being raked over the coals for ONE incident–sure it was bad–but when in her career did she EVER do anything like this? I don’t recall there being another time she’s ever done something like this. I feel there could be a bit of underlying racism going on here–and no, I’m a white male saying this because I’ve seen the blogs and heard people using racial slurs when talking about and discussing this. Everyone needs to step back and take a deep breath. The world is still turning, the oceans are still rushing to the shore and the sun WILL come up in the morning. Although what Williams did WAS wrong and extremely embarrassing and like I say WILL be part of her tennis legacy, it was NOT the end of the world either. At some point, we have to move on here.

    • Well said Chima.

    • No personal vendetta. I merely dislike the way she has been behaving the last two or three years.

      You mention Hewitt and MacEnroe. Perhaps you would like to take another look at the "Serena fine = joke" topic where I highlighted their behaviour, as well as that of Conners and argued against a lengthy ban for Williams.

      I take great exeption to the suggestion, that is often made, than all crticism of her is motivated by racism. It is that attitude from many of her fans that has polarised feelings.

    • Honestly bobito, having read majority of your messages, it seems to me that you have a personal vendetta to Serena Williams. It's obvious that you don't like her the very bit and your opinion reflects that alot.

      Let's not forget in the past, the many times that calls or even players have gone against her and she acted in the most professional way. To even say that her legacy will be remembered from this incident is very far fetched. Lets not forget the accomplishments and changes the William Sisters brought to not only womens tennis but tennis in general. If you recall that match where she played Capriati in the Open and the lines people called a ball that was clearly in out, she still behaved like a world class player and that brought about the challenge system. I could sit here and write about the numerous wongs that the William Sisters have encountered in tennis but i wont. Yes she threatened the lines judge, she apologized, time to move on. Players just have to be clearly warned about the repercussions of such behaviour.

      McEnroe might have never threatened but he has insulted umpires and lines people in such DISRESPECTFUL ways, that he never even got warnings for which i thought was absolutely ridiculous. Its the same thing as a white lie and lie. A lie is a lie. The issue here is players showing more respect to the judges. I felt this offense was the same as what Hewitt said about the lines man against Blake. Racism is absolutely not acceptable. So, lets move on. Even the title of this topic says Serena said "I'm gonna kill you" which isn't even wat was said. So its obvious that you do not like her.

      BTW, she wasn't thrown out of a match like you put it, It just happened that the second warning was on match point which is a BIG DIFFERENCE.... so lets not get ahead of ourselves.

    • Before anyone starts trawling through old topics, I was refering those boards addressing the recent incident in my previous post.

    • Non - the only racial abuse I have seen on these message boards has been directed at the line judge and has come from Vic M. Criticism of Serena Williams is not ipso facto racist.

      Kmf - it is true that none of us know Serena Williams personally but we are all entitled to comment on her public persona, which is looking pretty vile at the moment.

    • yeah that would be a win win for humanity no matter the outcome. God Palin is so dumb thank god the rednecks didn't have enough votes to get her in or all of humanity would have been suffering.

    • Indeed. I feel the same when players are criticised for underperforming. Easy to be an armchair pundit, but I wouldn't win a single point against Bogdanovic let alone Murray!

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