“I’ll f***ing take the ball and shove it down your throat”: The time when Serena Williams abused a lineswoman
Serena Williams is a name to reckon with in the world of tennis. After winning 23 Grand Slam titles, she is hungry to achieve more. There aren’t many records the superstar American has not broken. However, she has been chasing her 24th Grand Slam title for quite some time now.
Serena won her final Grand Slam back in 2017 when she defeated her sister Venus in the finals of the Australian Open. However, after that win, the champion player hasn’t been able to deliver her best on the court and injuries have played a huge part in that.
“I did not threaten to kill you, are you serious?” When Serena lost her cool on the lineswoman
Serena has also been involved in a number of controversies over time. Back in the 2009 semifinal of the US Open, Serena faced Kim Clijsters and it was turning about to be an entertaining encounter. Stakes were high and Serena lost her cool when the lineswoman called a foot fault.
It was a marginal call but because it went Clijsters’ way, the Belgian got two match points. This left Williams agitated as she walked towards the lineswoman, and started abusing her. The American was given a warning earlier as well, so as a result, Serena was penalized with a point that gave the set and the match to Clijsters.
Not only this, Serena was fined $10,500 for losing her temper. Tournament officials judged her conduct to have constituted “unsportsmanlike behavior” and levied the maximum possible penalty on the champion player. Even after everything that transpired, Williams was not apologetic for her actions.
“An apology from me? How many people yell at linespeople? I see it happening all the time. I don’t know how many times I have seen that happen. I am a professional. I’m not the beggar, like, ‘Please, please, please, let me have another chance,’ because it was the rules and I play by the rules,” Serena had said after the game.