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What An Outburst! Serena Williams Suffers Meltdown At US Open

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Serena Williams exploded on a judge at the U.S. Open semifinals on Saturday night!!!!

The official called Williams out on a foot fault during her match against Kim Clijsters, which set Serena off BIG TIME.

Instead of continuing on with the game, the tennis champ made her way over to the line judge and bitched her out!!!!

Williams reportedly said, "If I could, I would take this … ball and shove it down your … throat and kill you", all while shaking her racket and a tennis ball at the judge!!!!


The line judge immediately relayed Serena's outburst to the umpire and tournament referee, but Williams ran over to the three of them and tried to claim she never told the judge she said she'd kill her!

Williams was penalized with a point penalty, and unfortunately the point cost her the game!

Explains tournament ref Brian Earley: "She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty. And it just happened that point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct."


Serena revealed in a press conference afterwards that she used to have a "real temper" which used to be waaaay worse than her unprofessional display of poor sportsmanship on Saturday.

We believe it!

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93 comments to “What An Outburst! Serena Williams Suffers Meltdown At US Open”

  1. 1

    I was watching this match and Serena was in a bad mood it seemed. She doesn't usually have outbursts like that. Maybe she was angry her boyfriend wasn't showing up to all her matches.

  2. Laury says – reply to this


    Too much stress, maybe??

  3. 3

    That'll teach her?

  4. 4

    Cool info, did you steal all of this from someone too?

  5. 5

    The foot foul ended up being wrong, too. She wasn't over the line when she served. BUT even without the penalty for conduct - she wouldn't have won the match anyway.

  6. 3OPAH says – reply to this


    She has also called line lady 'Gook' which is very racist term

  7. 7

    The person that was booing in the background sounds like a bloodhound trying to howl…quite annoying.

  8. 8

    whoever is "booing" next to the filmer… sounds like a dying wolf.

  9. 9

    it was bad… but clijsters deserve to win

  10. 10

    Poor RiRi keep the temper in check you know how "Those People Are" waiting for you to fall so they can keep you down your better than that and GIFTED

  11. 11

    Um, have you ever watched any other sports? This is a bit extreme, but athletes argue with refs and umpires all the time. Baseball players get thrown out pretty frequently.

  12. 12

    Re: jessiono – Haha!! Probably!! He usually gets his best stories from The Awful Truth on eonline!!

  13. 13

    u can take the girl out of the ghetto but no way in hell can u take the ghetto out of the girl.

  14. 14

    Cocola del diablo

  15. 15


  16. 16

    If you are going to bother putting up a video, make it of something that we can actually see. This video was pointless.

  17. 17

    Serena didn't actually say the words "kill you", though probably shoving a ball down someone's throat would do that.

  18. 18

    The girl is from compton they go hard no surprise LOVE HER

  19. 19

    It is also the anniversary of the death of her sister who was shot in 2003..

  20. 20

    fucking bullshit!

  21. 21

    Her momma must be so proud!

  22. 22

    The croud acted like it was the apollo. Typical.

  23. 23

    Hey no one told her to smash her racket into the grounds and no one told her to go all crazy and yell crazy stuff to the official. It's her own fault, she's supposed to be a professional and professional players know to leave you personal BS off the court and focus only on the game. Stop making excuses for her, bottom line, she knew better.

  24. 24

    Any tennis player or athlete would be pissed off enough if the call was fowl. It was an intense game and she probably got fed up after all those bad calls that stupid bitch was calling out. By the way, if some people feel the need to call Serena ghetto…thats like me saying line judge needs to have her eyes open next time. So if we are going to start throwing insults lets just be even. It wasn't Serena's day and you can't really say she was going to lose anyway because she tends to comeback and win games even when you think its over. In the end it wasn't a good day for her and we happen to see it all unfold on live tv. Serena its okay…everybody has a bad day and you don't have to apologize.

  25. 25

    We're all human and even the greatest athletes have bad days too. This happens all the time lets not pretend this is the first time either. Roger Federer who is one of the best tennis players right now has had tantrums too that included smashing his racket. Don't even get me started with McEnroe and should I name a few more? Nobody is perfect so lay off on Serena.

  26. 26

    She's supposed to be a professional athlete; she should act like one.

  27. 27

    Looks like she's joined the ranks of John McEnroe, Ilie (nasty) Nastase, and a few other great tennis players with out of control tempers.

  28. 28

    Re: pradagirl7 – "if the call was fowl" then it be a chicken, LOL

  29. 29

    She's like the drama queens I work with. She looks like a man, talks like a man & acts like a man. That's why her BF skipped her matches. Too much drama. No matter how good she is at tennis, her personality sucks big time. She's a female John McEnroe.

  30. 30


  31. 31

    Re: maxie pad – it MUST be a chicken

    that clarified, I'm totally pro Serena (ultimately this silly mess is good for Women's tennis, publicity is publicity)

  32. klkl says – reply to this


    You can't scream I am going to shove this down your fucking throat at a line judge. you would be booted from the match/ game in ANY professional sport for that behavior. She may have gotten away with some of it if she hadn't already smashed her racket. Whatever Clijsters was going to win anyway.

  33. 33

    Re: FrankieLons – hey washington heights new york..i'd like to meet you…. nyrealdeal@hotmail.com

  34. 34

    The foot fault was the final straw in a series of bad calls. The replay clearly showed that she never stepped on or over the line. Anyone would have been angry. You could tell the ref was afraid of Serena, because she knew it was a bad call. That is why she exaggerated Serena's comments. Serena never said she was going to kill her. If the ref would have done her job properly, none of this would have happened. The ref should be fired.

  35. 35

    I get so fucking pissed when refs call a bad call, and I'm a very nice calm person lol. It just pisses you the fuck off, since you're putting your hard work into winning and someone makes a shitty call. It just ruins the game. PLUS its in the heat of the moment.

  36. 36

    That was the worst video ever! I didn't see shit

  37. 37

    Geez Mario, couldn't have gotten better footage with all your connections?? I couldn't see crap!!

  38. 38

    Can we say diva moment?..lol

  39. 39

    Perez, you failed to mention that earlier in the match she threw a tantrum and slammed her racquet on the ground so hard that it broke. At that point, she was given her first warning. This was her second warning. They gave the point to the other player as a result. Unfortunately, it was match point and it gave her the win. So Serena was NOT booted from the game. She just lost the match because of her behavior.

  40. 40

    NEVER give a female gorilla steroids.

  41. 41


  42. 42

    Wow, what a shock.

  43. 43

    how classy. wth

  44. 44

    Re: 3OPAH – No she didn't call her a gook. That was the lady in the crowd behind the line judge. Whoever recorded this video had bad seats. Serena has made racist comments in the past, mainly accusing others of racism, but not this time.

  45. 45

    Anyhoo MARIO, have you seen that nude pic of the tennis player from Spain, Fernando Verdasco??? YUMSY!

  46. 46

    I would too if I had officials surrounding me, that's what they were doing

  47. 47

    this is fucking shit
    god bless her

  48. 48

    it wasn't a meltdown it was roid rage and the point cost her the match not the game

  49. 49

    Serena was probably just pissed ’cause she was losing against a girl with no ranking. Clijsters is the best tennisplayer EVER. Kim ftw!!! Haha, I would like to see the look on the Williams sisters' faces when Henin decides to come back to playing tennis.

  50. 50

    old news. read about this yesterday.

  51. 51

    I really hope she gets suspended and fined! No matter if you disagree with the call or not you DO NOT threaten a judge (or anyone else for that matter). She is supposed to be a role model for young girls and what she did is a disgrace. There is no question what she said (you could clearly read her lips) and for her to say she didn't say that is a bonehead move on her part, just like her play yesterday. I think a fine and suspension will give her time to think about what she did.

  52. 52

    Roid rage? Or simply just reverting to type? She's showing her father's bad temper and lack of manners, for which he was famous.

  53. 53

    Ihappened to be courtside at the very intense match last night. Let me just say that most of you probably do not know much about or even watch tennis so i dont see how you can be judging what happened. Serena made 30 unforced errors which is a whole lot for the match.she was very frustrated and when the line judge called a foot foul for the 2nd time she went off. And the foot fault didnt even occur which is what made this even worse. Until this tournament serena had never been foot faulted. Also she did not tell the judge she was going to flat out kill her so i think it is a disgrace she would lie. Were serenas actions out of order? No doubt about it yes, but i think you al should be ashamed for calling her "ghetto." serena williams is the best woman to ever play tennis for the usa and we shouldrecognize that. Who cares if once in a while she has a meltdown. She was the tournament favorite! Its hard to deal with defeat sometimes and most of you do not get that!

  54. 54

    Haha, I watched that last night, quite interesting. But Kim was most likely going to win anyways, and hope she wins tonight! : ) She'll be Top 10 already I believe if she wins this ?

  55. FMB says – reply to this


    Why is nobody talking about the nasty tainted line judge that made a BOGUS foot fault call on a MATCH POINT? THAT is the problem, absolutely UNFAIR INCONSISTENT officiating by an INCOMPETENT judge that has glasses and was probably paid off. Don't get me wrong I love Kim Clijsters too but that call was the most pathetic display of officiating I've seen in tennis. I LOVED how that stupid little judge scurried away scared. Good on you Serena!

  56. 56

    IT is illegal in Tennis to talk to a line judge. You have to go to the umpire with any complaints about calls. Serena knows this. She lost the point because she had already been given a warning earlier in the game when she smashed her racquette. If they hadn't penalized her they would have been accused of favoring her. The fact is, she thought she could power through Clijsters and I'm sad to say Clijsters was playing way above Serena in this game and Sernea knew the game was lost.

  57. 57

    Look, Serena lost fair and square to a better player on the day. However, she got ghetto on that racist official. I loved it! That small woman is lucky Serena wasn't carrying a frying pan or belt. She woulda whipped the black (oh, I'm sorry she's not black!) outta her.

  58. 58

    a) It was an incorrect call — she only lost a point because she had a warning in the first set for hitting her racket on the court in frustration (almost every tennis player has done this when down in a tough match…Nadal…etc…)
    b) It was a call at the most INTENSE moment of the game!! TONS of TENNIS PLAYERS (Federrer, McEnroe, Sharapova etc…) have had outbursts similar to this one
    c) Serena has a VERY STRONG history of coming back after almost losing
    d) She was very professional and let the press interview even after the outburst and said that the judge was doing her job and did not throw the sideline judge under the bus to the press. She could have refused to talk to the press.

    All this being said — SO HAPPY for CLIJSTERS!!! She ROCKS and is a HUGE COMEBACK!!! YAY KIM!!!

  59. F18 says – reply to this


    Serena - you're soooo classy!! A Southen belle has nothing on you, guuurrrl…

    I wanna be just like you and have everyone run for their lives when they see me!

    As soon as Common dumps your ass for good, you and Beat Her Down should get together and do lunch!

  60. 60

    love serena. dumb dumb call……….she has every right to be right pissed off. i agree with her outburst 100%

  61. 61

    I see an SNL skit out of this. lol Seriously tho..I watch this match last night WTF? I've lost ALL respect for Serena. No sportsmanlike conduct whatsoever. The best thing she could have done was to apologize to the lineswoman and admit she was out of line, hey we're all human…but NOOOOOO, even after she had time to cool down, she didn't even acknowledge she was at fault in the press conference afterwards. Just "I'm moving on". This will haunt Serena for the rest of her career and I hope so. I feel the worst for Kim though. Not a great way to win, even though she deserved it. I'm rooting for Kimmy now. GO CLIJSTERS!!!

  62. 62

    I don't know why this comment didn't load the first time. Serena lost fair and square to a better player on the day. However, Serena got ghetto on that racist official. I loved it. Its a good thing she didn't have a frying pan or belt. She woulda beat the black (oops, sorry she's not black!) outta that small woman.

  63. 63

    C'mon, some of the comments here are so pro Americans. It was a foot fault, by half a centimeter maybe, but a foot fault no doubt about it. She got pissed that a new mom, not even ranked yet, who has only played 3 tournaments in the past 2years and a half and came back just a month ago, gave her some tennis lessons. Kim for the win, altho I really like Wosniaski as well.

  64. homes says – reply to this


    Well, Perez have you ever watched any sports? C'mon because it's Serena everyone has something to say! Leave the girl alone! Right on Serena sometimes a little temper never hurts anyone. Especially, when you've faced racism so many times!

  65. 65

    she just had to take the victory moment away from kim… stupid serena. can't accept losing the proper way and has to go out as a diva.

  66. 66

    Re: frusciante – FUCK YOU FRUITFACE

  67. 67

    Re: Teena9 – UM, have you ever watched tennis? Or golf?… it's not like all the other sports. the most important thing during these types of games is being respectful and appropriate which she clearly was not. You can't curse, you can't throw your racquet. The audience is supposed to remain quiet during the game.

  68. 68

    You can take the black out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the black.

  69. 69

    she was mad because Kim was outplaying her…

  70. 70

    Re: Mad Dog – What? That wuz the lamest comment on here. How brilliant of you to replace trash and trailer with jungle and black. How about a little gold star fucktard.

  71. 71

    Arn't you whities soo proud that a white beat a black player at HER game. I bet yall had a rootin tootin time at Rodeo Hall squaredancin Saturday nite away.

  72. 72

    Go to Hollywood Dramaeena…Next

  73. 73

    I'm glad to see her JW faith is able to bring her some much calm and tranquility.

  74. 74

    Re: maxie pad
    –I'm totally pro Serena (ultimately this silly mess is good for Women's tennis, publicity is publicity)–
    What a truly inane comment - this is not 1971, this is 2009… women's tennis is no longer at a point where 'publicity is publicity'. All this does is make Serena Williams look bad (rightfully) and then wrongly fuels the fire for misogynists and racists.

  75. 75

    Re: stellagranos – I'm 7 minutes away from a Williams-free Women's finals. Thankfully.

  76. 76

    She just took a chunk out of the sport with class with that move. Way to go Serena, join all the other idiots that defame their sport of choice.

  77. 77

    What exactly is the point of this video? You can't see a damn thing. And what exactly is the big deal, athletes always let off steam. This is a non story, and you're an idiot Perez.

  78. 78

    For once, tennis was actually worth watching. Usually it's right up there with watching paint dry. Oh well… it's all largely forgotten by this evening, because the NFL season is underway.

  79. 79

    She knows better…. damn. I bet when that ref saw her muscles bulge out he freaked. haha

  80. 80

    It looked to me like she said if the ref called a footfault again she would take the ball and shove it up her ass…but I am not an expert lip reader.

  81. linm says – reply to this


    Dear Serena - As adults, sometimes we need to just get a grip on ourselves and suck it up. You are rich, famous, have travelled the world and live in a fantasy world that most of us will NEVER experience in our lifetimes. You appear to have turned into the tennis narcissist of the century. People do not buy tickets to your events to watch a three year old having a tantrum. Hit the balls, shut up and let it go. I cannot even imagine who is buying your self-agrandizing book. The following caught my attention: "The thought of the weight I carry can sometimes be paralyzing, to some, but for me, I enjoy it" The only weight you carry is in your back end. Hit the ball, bank the money and have a great day. You need to spend more time in the real world. Maybe buy someone a kidney or something?

  82. 82

    What a poor loser.

  83. 83

    P.S. why do people post on here personal messages to the celebs being written about? This isn't their personal message retrieval email DaRRRR.

  84. 84

    Re: linm – WOO HOO..brilliantly written. ;-) Serena released yet another statement just before the match tonight. STILL NO APOLOGY FOR HER ACTIONS. I used to love Serena and cheered her on…but she's totally lost my respect now. NO CLASS!

  85. 85

    What a fucking waste of 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

  86. 86

    Good! Serves her right. She is in the public eye and a role model to many, those outbursts are ridiculious!

  87. 87

    surely u cud have found some better footage.

  88. 88

    Clijsters was gonna win, Serena just went out like a roid chomping bitch.

  89. 89

    No one mentioned the fact that Venus Williams had already lost to to Kim. It wasn't a fluke and Kim was going to win the match against Serena anyway. But Serena's unsportsmanlike behavior just made it come sooner rather than later. Too bad Kim's accomplishment had to be sullied with another bad episode with a Williams sister.
    And for those of you who know something about tennis and talk about the wonderful Williams sisters…. They are pretty crappy for the tour as a whole. They refuse to play many of the manditory matches and smaller tournaments. They are only interested in the grand slam tournaments. What that means is that they only care about themselves and not for the quality of the tour. In my opinion, they can't retire fast enough! Selfish cows.

  90. 4Real says – reply to this


    Seems Pradagirl7 is clueless. Doesn't matter how bad your day gets, what anniversary it is, how unfair something may be, no one has the right to threaten the life of another and these tennis pros make way to much money to be acting childish and as insensitive and threatening as did Serena or any other pro athlete. Give her a break? - How about she gives us a break.

  91. 91

    It wasn't very nice of Seren

  92. 92

    You can take the girl out of the ghetto, well, you know the rest. Her true colors came shining through. No reason to freak out like that over a line call. The only thing that crossed the line in this situation was NOT Serena's foot, it was her big mouth!!! Seriously, who threatens a judge? What a poor little cry baby ;(

  93. StayC says – reply to this


    it's b/c of all her STEROIDS! Hello… roid rage people! No woman looks like that without some help…. wouldn't you be angry too if you were as big as a professional football player?