Williams collapsed to a surprise straight sets reversal against Australia’s Samantha Stosur and in the closing stages accused Eva Asderaki of, amongst other things, being “unattractive inside”.
“My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire,” Williams tweeted yesterday. “It has been a long road to get back to the US Open this year, and I am thankful to have had such a great two weeks in New York.”
The incident came just two years after the American was fined a grand slam record £53,000 and handed a suspended ban from the US Open for launching a foul-mouthed diatribe at a line judge.
She was warned another “major offence” before the end of 2011 would trigger the ban and another fine, but on this occasion the USTA deemed her crime worthy of a meagre $2,000 fine.