COMMENTARY: Serena's U.S. Open Conduct Is Indefensible -- And Fine is 'Laughable'

By David M. Kinchen
I'd like to say that while watching the women's championship match at the U.S. Open on Sunday I was surprised to see Serena Williams' outburst (link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-viral-video-serena-williams-outburst,0,350946.htmlstory) at the chair umpire, but I'm not all that surprised.
 
After all, she's still under suspension for her vicious 2009 remarks at the same venue when she faced Belgium's Kim Clijsters. She drew a fine in excess of $80,000 for that incident.  I hope the officials slap Serena with a big fine, a really big fine.  I'm ashamed to say that she is a native of Michigan, as am I. I'd like to think Michiganders are polite, sportsmanlike people with good solid Midwestern manners. Breaking News; She was fined $2,000 by the USTA on Monday, Sept. 12  in what was called a "minor" offense (link:http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/12/us-tennis-open-williams-fine-idUSTRE78B62Y20110912). I agree with the editorial board of the Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ, which called the slap on the wrist "laughable" (link: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2011/09/post_70.html)


With her yelling at the umpire, Serena stole the glory from the winner, Samantha Stosur (link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2011/sep/12/serena-williams-abuse-us-open). Sam Stosur of Australia displayed admirable restraint, showing her to be a true champion. As far as I'm concerned, the better woman won.
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