Serena Williams argues a call by the line judge which led to her disqualification.
Kim Clijsters moved into the US Open women"s singles final in controversial circumstances as the defending champion Serena Williams picked up a point penalty for a second code violation on match point.
Williams was a set and 6-5 down when she foot-faulted on a second serve to hand Clijsters match point. Replays indicated the call had been a harsh one and an incensed Williams unleashed a verbal tirade and waved her racket at theline judge. "I swear to God I"m ... going to take this ... ball and shove it down your ... throat, you hear that? I swear to God," Williams was reported to have said. After the line judge reported her to the umpire for verbal abuse, Williams added: "I never said I would kill you, are you serious?"
Williams had picked up a first code violation for smashing her racket at the end of the first set and this time the tournament referee, Brian Earley, was called to the chair. After discussing the situation with Williams, the line judge and umpire, Williams was handed a second code violation, the resultant point penalty handing victory to a bemused Clijsters, 6-4 7-5. 更多信息请访问：http://www.24en.com/
"I said something that I guess they gave me a point penalty. Unfortunately it was on match point," Williams said after the match. "I didn"t threaten. I was in the moment and everyone"s fighting for every point."
As for the call that sparked her tirade, Williams said: "I"ve never been foot-faulted [all year] and then suddenly in this tournament they keep calling foot faults. I"m not going to sit here and make an excuse. If I foot-fault, I did. It is what it is and that"s basically all it was."
Williams, though, said she did not regret losing her temper. "I haven"t really thought about it to have any regrets. I try not to live my life saying, "I wish, I wish", but I was out there and I fought and I tried and I did my best."
Clijsters, playing just her third tournament since coming out of a 27-month retirement during which time she became a mother for the first time, will now face Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3 in the other semi-final.
For much of the match Clijsters outplayed Williams, whose usually dominant serve deserted the American. Williams also saw her second serve exploited, her unforced error count hit 31 and she had been unable to build on her breaks of serve by allowing Clijsters to break back immediately at crucial moments.
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