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Serena Williams Issues 2nd Statement on US Open Incident

September 13, 2009 07:00 PM

 Venus (left) and Serena (middle) Williams

Serena Williams has issued two statements since her loss to Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the US Open where she berated a linesperson and received a point penalty, which on match point cost her the match.

Williams' statement released on Sunday:

"Last night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job. Now that I have had time to gain my composure, I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly. I would like to thank my fans and supporters for understanding that I am human and I look forward to continuing the journey, both professionally and personally, with you all as I move forward and grow from this experience."

Williams' statement released on Monday:

"I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible -- I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong. I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner. I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad, I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result."

The US Open also released a statement on Sunday:

"Pursuant to the Grand Slam Rule Book, the maximum permissible on-site fine of $10,000 has been levied for Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Serena Williams for her on-court behavior during the women's singles semifinal match against Kim Clijsters on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Ms. Williams also will be fined $500 for racquet abuse which took place at the end of the first set of the same match. In total, Ms. Williams' on-site fine is $10,500.

"The Grand Slam Rule Book also allows for an investigation to be conducted by the Grand Slam Committee Administrator to determine if the behavior of Ms. Williams warrants consideration as a Major Offence for which additional penalties can be imposed. This investigation has now begun."

Williams and her sister Venus were not penalized from competing in the women's doubles final, scheduled for 1 p.m. EST on Monday in New York.






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