Serena Williams loses 2011 US Open Final and gets fined

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Serena Williams says her emotions got the best of her when she berated the chair umpire during her loss to Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final.

Serena Williams won’t be proud of herself if she looks back at this year’s US Open women’s final. She lost in straight sets to the Australian Sam Stosur, who was on top form throughout the whole tournament.

Serena got into an ugly argument with the umpire Eva Asderaki, who awarded a point to Stosur after Williams had shouted out too soon ‘Come on!’ not quite at the end of the rally. Therefore, according to the rules, she interrupted Stosur, who didn’t manage to return Serena’s forehand.

Williams got into a heated argument with the umpire during the next change of ends:

“A code violation because I expressed who I am? We’re in America last I checked. Am I gonna 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.” said Serena to Asderaki.

“If you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way. Because you’re out of control. Totally out of control. You’re a hater, you’re unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow.”

Serena Williams’s hot temper on the court at the U.S. Open this year will cost her, but it won’t cost her much.  Her verbal abuse of one of the chair umpires has earned her a $2,000 fine, which is far less than one percent of the $1.4 million that the tennis star earned in prize money at the tournament.

Williams was already on probation after another outburst in 2009, but her probation has been lifted and she will receive no further tournament bans.  To put the fine into perspective, Williams got paid about $2,656 per minute she was on the court during the tournament.  Which means the amount she’s being fined was earned in less than a minute on the court.

What do you think?  Should Williams have been punished more severely for her behaviors?

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