NEW YORK - Champion Serena Williams was unapologetic after an ugly outburst towards a lineswoman sealed her defeat in the semi-finals at the US Open on Saturday.
She was beaten 6-4 7-5 by Belgian Kim Clijsters, a match that finished in controversy when she was given a point penalty at match point down after turning on a lineswoman.
Serving at a set down and 5-6 and 15-30 in the second, Williams was foot-faulted on her second serve, giving Clijsters two match points.
That prompted her, who had already received a warning after smashing her racket at the end of the first set, to approach the lineswoman.
Gesturing at her with her racket outstretched, Williams yelled a volley of abuse towards her, resulting in a point penalty and the loss of the match.
Williams said: "I didn't threaten (her). I didn't say ... I don't remember anymore, to be honest. "
When asked if the lines woman deserved an apology, the second seed could not bring herself to say yes.
"An apology? From me? Well, how many people yell at lines people?" Williams said.
Television replays were inconclusive as to whether the foot-fault call was correct.
All hell broke loose, is how John McEnroe the incident.
Williams has made a cameo appearance in medical drama ER and lists acting as a hobby but she does not need to rely on a script to produce her own drama. - Reuters