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Serena Williams: Enormous Ego Dooms Serena at US Open Final

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Serena Williams of the United States questions the call of chair umpire Eva Asderakia 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 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

Nobody likes an egomaniac and tennis star Serena Williams is beginning to walk a dangerous line.

In the second set of her 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Samantha Stosur in the US Open finals, she had an issue with the line judge. Insults and threats ensued.

Here is ABC.com with the breakdown of what happened:

Williams, 29, and Stosur, 27, were in the first game of the match’s second set when the Australian went after Williams’ forehand shot. But just before the ball hit Stosur’s racket, Williams belted out “Come on!” Stosur barely tapped the ball, and the score went from 30-40 to deuce.

Eva Asderaki, the chair umpire at Arthur Ashe Stadium, gave Williams a code violation and a point penalty — giving the game to Stosur.

She was heard to say the following to the umpire:

“Don’t even look at me. I promise you, don’t look at me … Don’t look my way,” “What a loser,” “You’re a hater,” “A code violation because I expressed who I am? Really?.” But the kicker – which could potentially be seen as a threat was: “If you ever see me walking down the hall … walk the other way.”

Yeesh.

Calling the judge a "loser" and a "hater" is not exactly going to sit well with ATP officials. It's the second time since 2009 that Serena has gone off on a judge. Her 2009 tirade at the US Open is up there with some of the worst blowups in the history of the sport.

Is that what Serena wants? Does she want to be the bad girl of tennis?

Sure emotions get the best of us in the heat of the moment, but when you start calling judges names and making threats...it goes above and beyond just pure emotion.

Williams claimed after the match she said "come on" because she was talking to herself. It's a weak excuse that is unlikely to be the case.The 13-time Grand Slam winner just got off two years of probation for her last meltdown and is in danger of going back on it.

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Now that the Grand Slams are over for the year, it will be very interesting to see how serious Williams takes tennis the next three months.

She is still physically capable of dominating the rest of the field, but mentally is beginning to lose it.

Sunday's tirade is a disturbing trend that ego is beginning to affect Serena's game. It's a slippery slope that needs to be curbed now. 

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