Much of the attention at the Women's draw at the this year's US Open had been on Kim Cjilsters' amazing comeback.
Cjilsters and Serena Williams collided in the semifinals.
Cjilsters had wins over three ranked players to reach the semis. The Williams-Cjilsters winner would be a huge favorite in the final against the Caroline Wozniacki-Yanina Wickmayer winner.
The match was a slugfest that will be remembered for how the match ended instead of how it was played.
Williams received a code violation after slamming her racket concluding her loss in the first set. She had to be careful the rest of the match. Any loss of temper could result in a bigger penalty.
Cjilsters won a tight but sloppy first set 6-4.
Williams played a better second set and was down 6-5, serving to send the second set to a tiebreaker. Instead of the dramatic tiebreaker, a moment occurred that would change tennis history.
Down 15-30, a foot fault was assessed on Serena's second serve. It was reported on ESPN.com that Serena said the to the line umpire ""I swear to God I'm [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God."
Williams response was ""I didn't say I would kill you. Are you serious? I didn't say that." The line judge replied by shaking her head and saying, "Yes."
The supposed threat to the line umpire resulted in a point penalty. Because the point penalty occurred on match point, the match ended as a result.
US Open Tournament referee Brian Earley was quoted after the match as saying. "She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty, ....it just happened that the point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct." (ESPN.com)
Many questioned whether or not Williams should continue in other events in the Open. She then went out and won the doubles with sister Venus the next day.
Williams was fined $175,000 last month for incident and given two years probation. If she maintains her cool and has no other outbursts in the next two years, the fine will be reduced to $82,500.
If she has another incident at any of the grand slams, than Williams will be suspended for the following US Open.