Serena Williams rolls eyes at mention of ‘09 tirade
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Serena Williams has returned to the U.S. Open for the first time since her 2009 semifinals loss, in which she screamed, cursed and shook the ball at a lineswoman over a foot-fault call at the end of the match.
During a news conference Monday, when asked if she learned anything from the incident, Williams replied: ‘I don’t know. I don’t think about it. Are you still thinking about it?’
Rolling her eyes, she added: ‘Oh my God. That was, like, two years ago. This is, like, two years later.’
During the Sept. 12, 2009, match, Williams was two points from losing when she was called for a foot fault. It resulted in a double-fault, moving Kim Clijsters one point from victory. Clijsters went on to win, 6-4, 7-5.
After the call, Williams, who had won three U.S. Open titles, went on a tirade. She was fined $10,000 by the U.S. Tennis Assn. and a record $82,500 by the Grand Slam administrator.
When asked by a reporter what she remembered from ‘that controversial episode,’ Williams was evasive.
‘You mean in the singles or doubles?’ she asked.
Then she added: ‘I just remember I lost, and that was that. I got really popular. A lot of people were telling me they thought I was super cool, that they never saw me so intense. So, yeah, it was awesome.’
The 29-year-old missed last year’s U.S. Open after having surgery on her right foot.
-- Melissa Rohlin
The Associated Press contributed to this report.