Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open finals on Sunday, but she could lose more than that -- she faces possible disciplinary action for a nasty rant at the chair umpire during the match.
Down a set and playing the first game of the second set, Williams hit a shot that she thought was a winner. She yelled "Come on!" But opponent Samantha Stosur was still in the process of lunging for the ball during the shout. It ended up going off her racquet.
But shouting like that is a violation of tennis rules; "verbal interference" it is called. So the point was taken away from Williams and given to Stosur. That gave Stosur the game and a service break.
Williams stormed over to chair umpire Eva Asderaki and complained. At one point Williams asked her, "Aren't you the one that screwed me over last time here? Yeah you are. Seriously, you have it out for me? I promise you, that's not cool. That's totally not cool."
Williams was referring to a different umpire who disqualified her at the Open two years ago for an obscenity-laced tirade after being called for a foot-fault.
Play continued, but during the next break, Williams continued yelling at the umpire, saying such things as, "'I truly despise you" ... "You're totally out of control. You're a hater and you're just unattractive inside" ... "You get a code violation because I express who I am. We're in America last I checked" ... "Really, don't even look at me. I promise you don't look at me because I am not... Don't look my way."
When the match was over, Williams refused to shake Asderaki's hand, as is tennis custom.
Sunday marked the final day of Williams's two-year probation from the foot-fault incident. The USTA said it is reviewing the tapes and is expected make a decision about possible further punishment on Monday.
Check out the incident as well as Williams afterwards.