Serena Williams Calls U.S. Open Umpire a 'Hater' During CBS Broadcast (Video)
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you're out of control,” says the tennis star, who lost the women’s final match to Samantha Stosur.
Serena Williams wasn’t a fan of one of the umpires overseeing her U.S. Open women’s final match Sunday.
The tennis star unleashed on chair umpire Eva Asderaki after getting called for violating an “intentional hindrance” rule during her match with Samantha Stosur.
During the first game of the second set, Williams yelled “Come on!” at the ball she’d served before it reached Stosur, but Asderaki called hindrance on Williams, which gave Stosur the break point – and the game.
Williams apparently was unaware of the rule. She first asked Asderaki if she was “the one who screwed me over last time? Yeah you are” – a reference to her getting penalized in 2009 after yelling at a line judge.
She later went off again (as transcribed by Gawker): “If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you're out of control... You're totally out of control, you're a hater, and you're unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow... We're in America last I checked. Can I get a water or am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don't even look at me! I promise you, don't look at me, 'cause I am not the one. Don't look my way.”
Williams went on to lost the match to Stosur in straight sets. Watch the video broadcast on CBS below.