Video: Serena Williams on “Good Morning America”
Serena Williams was this morning on Good Morning America mostly to talk about her new book but she ended up talking of course about the what happened during her semifinal match at the 2009 US Open….
Serena Williams’ moves on the tennis court have dropped jaws for a decade. But after a shocking moment of a different kind – a highly publicized tantrum against a courtside judge during this year’s U.S. Open – Williams is now repentant, saying she had “really just lost control.”
“As a competitor and as someone who’s really passionate about their work, I got a little overexcited,” Williams told “Good Morning America” today.
Williams’ tirade was ignited when the judge ruled that her foot crossed the line during a serve, resulting in a double fault.
“I feel like taking this [expletive] ball and shoving it down your [expletive] throat,” Williams shouted while pointing her finger and walking toward the line judge, following up with more expletives.
Williams was fined $10,000 for the Sunday rant and penalized the final point in her semifinal match against Kim Clijsters. Tournament officials are investigating whether more punishment should follow.
“At that point, I had really just lost control,” she said, noting that the call was over a mistake she hadn’t made all year. “I just thought, ‘What’s going on?'”
Williams said she especially felt sorry for the judge who was obviously taken aback by Williams’ harsh words and aggressive stance.