What was in the water this weekend? I haven’t been inspired to write a “Bitch, Please” post in ages and than BAM, BOOM, I’m writing two back-to-back. Let me just preface this by saying that I’m a HUGE Venus & Serena Williams fan. Ever since they stepped onto the tennis scene years ago with their beaded hair, I was on their side.
Fast forward to Saturday night where Serena lost some points in my book. In the rain-delayed semifinal match between Serena Williams & comeback queen Kim Clijsters, all hell broke lose during the last few moments of the match. Tensions were running high during the hard-hitting slugfest between the two top players. Serena was serving to stay in the game when a lineswoman called Williams for a foot-fault which gave Clijsters two match points. Rattled and upset, Williams went up to the lineswoman and started to yell at her which, let’s face it John McEnroe, Marat Safin and a few others have gained notoriety out of throwing tantrums. For this action, I’m not going to bitch her out. What took it over the line was when Williams said “If I could, I would take this … ball and shove it down your … throat”. Maybe I’m a bit of a sadist and a tad cold-hearted but I kinda thought that was funny. Regardless of the unintentional comical pleasure I got from it, the lineswoman felt threatened, ran to the head official and stated that Serena said she would kill her. After a heated discussion between officials and Serena who denied using the word “kill”, the officials docked Serena a point which gave Clijsters the win. It was an ugly way to end a thrilling match.
Though I don’t condone any sort of violence, I highly doubt Serena is capable of murder with a deadly tennis ball. This incident deserves another double “Bitch, Please”. One for Serena for losing her cool and the other goes to the lineswoman who first called the foot fault and then went crying to her mama for some backup. Firstly, NO ONE ever gets called for a foot fault at such a crucial part of the game. Secondly, I’ve heard male counterparts utter far more abusive and threatening comments to linespeople before. The whole incident deserves a “Bitch, Please.”
Thankfully, Serena showed a bit of class at the end of her match by walking over and congratulating Clijsters on the win. This was Clijsters third tournament since returning to the WTA after officially retiring a few years ago to get married and start a family. This past summer she was invited to Wimbledon to play in an exhibition match which reinvigorated her old competitive spirit and decided to return to the tour. Yesterday she capped off her remarkable two-week comeback and took the US Open title by defeating Caroline Wozniacki. She was the first mother to win a grand slam since 1980 when Evonne Goolagong won Wimbledon. Homorazzi’s own, Saleem, was on hand to watch this historic moment in women’s tennis.
In the aftermath of Serena’s outburst, she has been fined $10,000 for her comments plus an additional $500 for smashing her racket during the first set. According to the official rules if this incident was deemed a “major offense”, she could have faced a fine as high as all the player’s prize money from the tournament. Ouch. Earlier today, Williams issued a statement to “sincerely apologize” for what she calls her “inappropriate outburst” at the tournament. A statement that came 36 hours after the incident- a little too late, Serena. Maybe she was too busy getting ready for her appearance to present Pink’s performance at last night’s MTV awards. She later returned to the court today to play in the women’s doubles final with her sister, Venus, which they won.
Here’s a video from the now infamous incident.
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