Serena Williams Apologizes For U.S. Open Incident

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Serena Williams just wrote on Twitter: "I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsterst, USTA & mostly tennis fans everywhere. Thank you all for your support." In a lengthier apology on her blog she says:

Hey guys!!!

I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible - I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, 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.

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As mentioned earlier, Williams is being fined $10,000 and an investigation is under way to determine whether there should be additional punishment.

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Serenajwilliams [Twitter]
Press Statement Amendment [SerenaWilliams.com]

Earlier: Serena Williams Fined $10,000 For U.S. Open Incident
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At that point in the game, she was already frustrated. Then she's called for a penalty that is NEVER called at that level of competition in tennis. The broadcasters clearly disagree. I'd have screamed the exact same words at that lineswoman, who then lied to the refs about what was said. Do hockey players apologize after fighting?