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2011 US Open: What Serena Williams Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Serena Williams of the United States questions the call of chair umpire Eva Asderakia (not pictured) while playing against Samantha Stosur of Australia during the Women's Singles Final on Day Fourteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IISeptember 14, 2011

What she said:

"You’re out of control. You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside."

Serena Williams "transfers epithets," accusing chair umpire Eva Asderaki of abuse in an ironic tirade, scarily reminiscent of her 2009 US Open semifinal blowout against Kim Clijsters.


What she really meant:

“That has a lot to do with you docking me the game. Yeah!”


What she definitely didn’t:

“I don’t really mean all these things. I suffer from selective amnesia; you ought to take a cue from me. ”



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.—Miss Piggy

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