Drama strikes again in a Serena Williams match
As she says, drama follows Serena Williams everywhere she goes, but with her brash personality and her willingness to confront all comers, she's an integral part of her own mini-series.
After a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 third-round defeat of Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez at the French Open on Saturday, the 10-time Grand Slam champion accused her Spanish opponent of cheating on a controversial point in the first set. Serena had ripped a ball at her opponent's body at 2-2, break point, and it appeared that the ball hit off the Spaniard's right arm. The ball ricocheted back for a winner and although replays showed it never touched Martinez's racket, the Spaniard wouldn't cop to the foul, which would have given Serena the point.
Williams first apologized and then went after her foe, saying, "I'm going to get you in the locker room for that, you don't know me."
She then complained to the chair umpire, but to no avail.
"I said, 'Did you ask her?' He said, 'Well, she's saying that it didn't happen'. I looked at her dead in the eye. I said, 'Why? Just be honest if the ball hit you or not.' I mean, hello. It totally hit her. She looked down, and I just have no respect for anybody who can't play a professional game and just be really professional out here."
After Serena lost the argument with the chair umpire, she declared, "She better not come to the net again."