Serena Williams has apologised to the line judge for the outburst that saw her knocked out from the US Open near the end of her semi-final match with Kim Clijsters. The rant cost her a point penalty, and as it came when Clijsters was at match point, the match was finished there and then.
William’s first statement had no hint of an apology in it, so she made another statement apologising to the line judge and expressing regret for her actions.
‘I want to amend my press statement of yesterday and want to make it clear as possible – I want to apologise first to the lineswoman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong.
‘I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act – win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner. I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad, I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result."