We've been here before. We've seen this again and again. Serena needs to handle these things better.
There is really no need for this type of drama. No need to ruin Naomi's victory.
Serena should not go back to those dark places. She's not new on the scene.
She came out flat. A slow start. 4 Double-faults for 1 ace in the first 2 service games. Lots of unforced errors. Things were not looking great. That was the time to try to focus and get in the match.
She goes down another break on another UE and Double fault. She loses the first set miserably 6-2.
We all seen that so let's fast forwards.
The umpire gives her a warning for Patrick gesturing to her. She has to give the umpire the benefit of the doubt if she didn't see Patrick. Umpire is not going to make up such a call.
She could have simply ask what happened.. and tell the umpire politely she didn't see Patrick coaching. And that should have been the end of it.
But insisting that the umpire apologizes for an assault on her character? What the F.ck ??? really. He knows what he saw. And he rightfully made a call. There is nothing to apologize for.
If Serena didn't see Patrick, she should entertain the thought that maybe Patrick did something. She can't just blatantly accuse the ref of bias, out to get her, etc, etc. That was really uncalled for.
And she kept going and going and going asking for apology because her integrity had been violated.. What in the World!! really!! WTF !!!!
It's not the first time and it will not be the last time a coaching violation is called.
As a player who's seen quite a few incidents derailing matches, she should have simply not taken the matter as a personal attack and move on... then explain things later at her press conference.
There was no reason for drama, verbally abusing the umpire, breaking all rules and protocols... And when the book is thrown at her by an exasperated umpire, call him a thief.
In my book, at that point, the umpire should have just called it game-set and match.
You can't abuse the umpire. You can't keep woofing on and on and on and on about something that simple that happens now and then. There is nothing personal. The umpire is not out there to get you. Got to get that out of your mind and focus on the match at stake.
Very disappointed tonight. I can't find the slightest excuse to defend Serena's behavior tonight.
Just take the warning, focus on your match, on the next point, and play.
It's useless to later come to a press conference and play nice about it, explaining how the umpire understood and how you got on the same page, etc, etc. B.S.
If that's the case, why did you keep going on and on, insisting he apologizes to you. He saw Patrick gesture.
And to Serena's detriment, Patrick acknowledged he did coach. We all saw the video replay. So what does that make your explosion? silly? Is that why you tried to downplay the incident at the press conference?
You should have thought about that. You should have thought, "what if the umpire saw Patrick coaching? Is it his prerogative to issue a warning, whether I saw Patrick or not?". At this age, we expect you to be wise about those things.
"I am a mother.. I don't cheat, blah blah.." Motherhood is no sainthood. You are not the first mother on earth and will not be the last. Girl, stop all the non-sense.
And this is not an issue about Women being mistreated in society; that if it were a man, the umpire would not have issued the penalty... etc... Well, who said life was fair? There are refs out there who do not tolerate this kind of behavior, whether it's coming from a man or a woman. There are other refs who let go. So pick your battle wisely. You only have yourself to blame.
You called him a thief. You were totally out of line. And he was right to throw the book at you. I would have done the same.
I hope WTA fines you another $80,000, like last time. I know out of a $1,5 million check, it's pocket change for you, but still.
They shouldn't let this umpire abuse go unpunished. It's got to stop.
The umpire did his part. Now WTA or ITF has to do its part.
Sorry, Serena. You were 500% wrong.
I repeated myself a lot but hey, it's that kind of evening.