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Monday, September 12, 2011


Serena Williams is in trouble again for having having threatened an official at the U.S.Open. This time, after being called for yelling "Come on!" after hitting the ball, she evidently told the lineswoman that if she ever saw her walking down a corridor, to walk the other way. (Two years ago, after being called for a foot fault, she threatened to shove a tennis ball down the lineswoman's throat.)

If she said those things, well, there's no misinterpreting either comment. Both go against the rules -- and spirit -- of tennis and Serena should be penalized accordingly. But I can't help but wonder whether the officials find her appearance prejudicial. Do other tennis players get called as frequently for foot faults? And are they called the same way on their tantrums? (I'm not a tennis fan, I have no idea.)

Either way, her parents weren't very prescient when they named her Serena.

Serena does look as if she could be Mike Tyson's sister -- you know, the one who used to bully him and beat him up until he was maybe 17 or so.

Pretty much all she'd have to say to scare me is "Good morning."

Addendum, same day: U.S. Open officials have decided to fine Serena $2000 for her outburst. So now, instead of making $1.4 million at the tournament, she'll only win $1.398 million. Yep. That'll show her.

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