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In a Bizarre Ending, Clijsters Beats Williams
NY Times ^

Posted on 09/12/2009 8:06:58 PM PDT by traumer

Kim Clijsters Advances to Finals Over Serena Williams Williams looks a little somber as she begins her serve, then slaps a backhand into the net. Then she hits an ace. Balance returning. She’s got to keep the ball in play here and doesn’t, hitting another backhand into the net. Clijsters is two points from the match and the finals. She’s got to keep that out of her mind.

Williams goes up the T but misses, then foot faults. Scolding the lineswoman may help her get back her strength, but she’s down match point. Boos may also drive her back into the game. Brian Earley, the tournament manager, appears. An argument ensues. Williams is given a warning, which costs her a point. The match is over. Williams is heard to say: “I didn’t say I would kill you.” An argument on match point. Suddenly, Williams walks to the other side of the net and shakes Clijsters hand. It’s over. Has she defaulted? The lineswoman retreats to the exit. N

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1 posted on 09/12/2009 8:06:58 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

With Williams serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set, she faulted on her first serve. On the second, the line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault. That made the score 15-40, giving Clijsters a match point. Williams went over and said something to the line judge, who reported it to the chair umpire. That led to the chair umpire awarding a point to Clijsters, ending the match.

Williams already had been given a code violation warning when she broke her racket after losing the first set.


2 posted on 09/12/2009 8:12:53 PM PDT by traumer
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Well, so far, it looks like the media is going to let her get by with this. Am watching Serena’s press conference and the media is trying to make excuses for her.


3 posted on 09/12/2009 8:14:50 PM PDT by miele man
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To: miele man

Serena is making it sound like she didn’t misbehave.


4 posted on 09/12/2009 8:17:50 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: traumer

Well, what a B.S. artist....regardless of the call by the lineswoman, Serena’s behavior was inappropriate; she brought this on herself, and it’s a damn shame that Kim Clijsters had to have the match end the way it did.


5 posted on 09/12/2009 8:19:30 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: miele man

More players need some Jack Dempsey sportmanship and ask no quarter and make no excuses.

It is silly to berate a line judge when one can ask for a replay.

Williams was playing well and Clijsters was playing better. How many moms in the top 50??...usually one or none. Players take note: don’t let your best fertile years go by. The Mom was cool, polite, and powerful.


6 posted on 09/12/2009 8:20:58 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
>It is silly to berate a line judge

I had my sound off
so I didn't hear her words,
but Williams went back

to the lines woman
and was shaking her racket
just inches away

from the woman's face.
I can see the lines woman
feel she was "threatened."

7 posted on 09/12/2009 8:25:17 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: traumer

Serena seems to have lost focus on what brings home the bacon with all her fashion designer nonsense


8 posted on 09/12/2009 8:25:30 PM PDT by fso301
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To: traumer

she should be checked for steroids


9 posted on 09/12/2009 8:26:03 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: traumer

She brought this on herself and got what she deserved. The bottom line is she was out played.


10 posted on 09/12/2009 8:26:11 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: traumer

she’s also been carrying around a big chip thinking she should be ranked #1 when she isn’t.


11 posted on 09/12/2009 8:26:53 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: miele man

I’d compare Serena’s reaction to Joe Wilson’s outburst the other night, “Rude, but right” as one columnist put it. The y both breached decorum, but they both had darn, a good reason for doing it.

The foot fault call was one of the worst calls in the history of sports. Foot faults are almost never called, and the replay showed it was not even close to a foot fault. If you are going to make that call, in that spot, you’d better be 100% sure.

Do any other sports allow officials who wear glasses?


12 posted on 09/12/2009 8:27:05 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: bergmeid

The microphone picked something - but it was edited (bleeped)...


13 posted on 09/12/2009 8:27:22 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

sorry a wrong picture...


15 posted on 09/12/2009 8:29:06 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer
On CBS, they just showed the clip of how Serena responded to the lineswoman when she called the foot fault...Serena took a tennis ball and pointing at the woman, in a very derogatory voice, using the "F" word at least 4 times (they bleeped it but could read her lips), she told the woman she was going to take the ball and shove it in her "F'ing" mouth...THAT amongst some other choice words.

What an ass. Thank goodness she lost. She doesn't deserve to win. Then she gets her face right away in front of the media to try and salvage her rep. Like Mary Carillo just said...S. Williams could have won an Oscar for her performance in the press conference. I hope this ends her tennis career; she doesn't deserve to play in the pros again.

16 posted on 09/12/2009 8:29:38 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: bergmeid

And this is a “businesswoman” who is now part-owner of the Miami Dolphins. How classy. Her agent had better get an apology printed by morning, since obviously Queen Serena doesn’t see the need for one. And the poor line judge is probably done for the tournament, for security reasons I would not want her back out there.


17 posted on 09/12/2009 8:29:52 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: traumer

she said she was going to take the bleep ball and shove it down her bleep throat.


18 posted on 09/12/2009 8:30:13 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: theFIRMbss

See my post #16.


19 posted on 09/12/2009 8:30:19 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: miele man

“Am watching Serena’s press conference and the media is trying to make excuses for her.”

####

Gee, I can’t for the life of me figure why self-hating white liberals in the media would be making excuses for the abominable, classless, threatening behavior of Williams.

The whiny little punk John McEnroe must be proud. outlandishbehavior of


20 posted on 09/12/2009 8:30:47 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Mean Maryjean

she didn’t want to pay the fine for not showing up to the press conference (it’s required)


21 posted on 09/12/2009 8:31:25 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

the two different camera angles that I saw, you couldn’t tell if she faulted or not


22 posted on 09/12/2009 8:31:58 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: Mean Maryjean

It won’t end her tennis career - can you imagine the outrage if, say, a white male player had said that to a black line judge? Double standard very likely to go in play in 3, 2, 1...


23 posted on 09/12/2009 8:33:16 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: bergmeid; Monterrosa-24

Just watched another replay on CBS. There is no mistaking that Serena told the line judge that she was going to shove the tennis ball up the judge’s “effing a**” and maybe down her “effing throat” a moment later. Dick Enberg even commented that CBS’s “sensitive microphones” picked up “Serena’s profanities” after her foot fault.

I suppose the media will be all over this tomorrow and will be covering for her.

Just now, Enberg, John McEnroe and the woman (can’t think of her name but she is a fixture at tennis matches) just commented on Serena’s outburst. McEnroe clearly was uncomfortable and said so especially since Serena had said in her press conference that McEnroe and Navrilatova were her idols. Mac folded his arms over his chest in a very defensive posture as he commented that Serena’s behavior was indefensible as was his incident many years ago. (good for MacEnroe for saying this). The woman then said Serena deserved an Oscar for her performance at the press conference. Riveting TV for a change.

The only reason I saw any of this was because the SEC football games had finished!


24 posted on 09/12/2009 8:33:16 PM PDT by miele man
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To: TiredofItalltoo
Everything's all right - nothing to see here folks just move on....
25 posted on 09/12/2009 8:33:23 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Mean Maryjean

Serena was a total embarrassment to herself, tennis and America.


26 posted on 09/12/2009 8:35:22 PM PDT by Crooked Constituent
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To: TiredofItalltoo

That’s not the only big thing she’s carrying!!!


27 posted on 09/12/2009 8:35:49 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: traumer

you’re right, but she’ll still be walking around thinking she should be #1


28 posted on 09/12/2009 8:36:31 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: sleddogs

yeah, my husband and I said she probably said “I’m going to sit on you little woman”


29 posted on 09/12/2009 8:37:28 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: TiredofItalltoo

IMO we would need a baseline view - I agree from behind it didn’t look suspicious, but Mac shouldn’t have said it wasn’t a foot fault. Serena needs to reflect on what happened after that.


30 posted on 09/12/2009 8:37:50 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: TiredofItalltoo

Serena blows her top and the match
http://voices.kansascity.com/node/5853

A hot-headed Serena Williams’ temper got the best of her as she lost her U.S. Open semi-final in stunning fashion Saturday night.

As a result, Kim Clijsters moved on to the finals Sunday.

The incredibly boorish behavior by Williams took away from a superb performance by Clijsters, who outplayed Williams much of the match.

Williams’ problems started in the first set, when she angrily slammed her racket onto the court and broke it as she lost 6-4.

That was her first code warning.

Then, down 6-5 in the second set, and with Clijsters needing just two points for the victory, Williams was called for a foot-fault on her second serve.

Williams exploded, moved in menacing fashion toward the line judge who had made the call, with her racket extended. Williams reportedly yelled obscenities at the female judge.

The foot fault put Williams at match point.

But suddenly, her abusive behavior toward the line judge became Williams’ second code warning of the night.

And, just like that — with the lost point being match point — Williams had lost the semifinal and Clijsters had won.


31 posted on 09/12/2009 8:38:41 PM PDT by traumer
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To: miele man

McEnroe was a big cry baby, always arguing about calls.


32 posted on 09/12/2009 8:39:54 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: GnuHere

it’s very hard to say...and I wonder how many people really watch for foot faults since it happens so rarely. And how can Mac see from way up there in the birds nest...LOL


33 posted on 09/12/2009 8:40:22 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: Mean Maryjean

New Yorkers don’t take kindly to these types of antics. They will remember next year.


34 posted on 09/12/2009 8:40:34 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: bergmeid

I think if they check her for steroids, she could be done.


35 posted on 09/12/2009 8:41:43 PM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: GnuHere

Agreed, and I’ll bet she did foot fault. She was really desperate and acted like a low life.


36 posted on 09/12/2009 8:41:52 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Mean Maryjean
> I hope this ends her tennis career; she doesn't deserve to play in the pros again

John McEnroe once
knocked a camera on top of
a cameraman
while

in the middle of
an on-court freak out (back when
TV cameras were

big things). He didn't
get defaulted, it didn't
hurt the nut's career.

Tennis businessmen
have no ethics, scruples or
concerns with madness.

If TV ratings
are high when Serena's on
they will welcome her.

(Even if the fans
hate her, if ratings are high
she will always play.)

37 posted on 09/12/2009 8:42:08 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Chet 99

Yes, he was. I think now that although he acknowledges his earlier behavior during his playing days, he would prefer that it go away. William’s behavior tonight brought MacEnroes’ and Ilie Nastase’s behavior to the fore, once again.


38 posted on 09/12/2009 8:42:56 PM PDT by miele man
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To: TiredofItalltoo

There was another foot fault earlier in the match.


39 posted on 09/12/2009 8:43:35 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: theFIRMbss

She started with, “I swear to God, I will take this racket and shove it up your f#@&ing a$$.” Then it was one profanity after the other and the bleeping made it impossible to hear the rest. Why didn’t she just shut up and challenge the foot fault call?


40 posted on 09/12/2009 8:45:03 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: theFIRMbss
Another teachable moment...
41 posted on 09/12/2009 8:46:12 PM PDT by traumer
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To: Toespi
>Why didn’t she just shut up and challenge the foot fault call?

I don't think players
can challenge a foot fault call,
only shot placement.

42 posted on 09/12/2009 8:48:39 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: traumer

Well, I believe Yael T. Abouhalkah, who wrote that column, could have left the “reportedly” out of his phrase “reportedly yelled obscenities”.


43 posted on 09/12/2009 8:49:02 PM PDT by John W
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To: Chet 99

It’s one thing to argue, whine about a call, but to take a ball, with your racquet, yelling at the lineswoman, saying you going to take the F’ing ball and shove it down her F’ing throat....now that’s a big difference; and it was her use of profanity—the obsenities she used—a string of them...that got her the point penalty (combined with her earlier smashing of a racquet). Game over man!


44 posted on 09/12/2009 8:50:00 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: theFIRMbss

Yeah, it’s only where the ball lands. Which apparently was about to be up the line judge’s ^$#!


45 posted on 09/12/2009 8:52:15 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: traumer

How long for 0bama to declare that the judge acted stupidly?


46 posted on 09/12/2009 8:53:27 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: John W

I’ll bet the NY Post will be juicy!


47 posted on 09/12/2009 8:53:56 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: John W

48 posted on 09/12/2009 8:55:16 PM PDT by traumer
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ESPN quotes Serena as saying:
“If I could, I would take this ... ball and shove it down your ... throat and kill you,”

dots=F*******


49 posted on 09/12/2009 8:55:39 PM PDT by thestob (Vote or P. Diddy will kill you)
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To: theFIRMbss

Hmmm, could be right. But they can challenge service calls, and a foot fault is the outcome of a serve.


50 posted on 09/12/2009 8:57:29 PM PDT by Toespi
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