Serena Ousted in Controversial Finish

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2009 10:12 PM CDT
Serena Williams yells after losing a point to Kim Clijsters.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams' US Open title defense ended in bizarre, ugly fashion tonight, when she was penalized a point on match point after yelling and shaking her racket in the direction of an official who called a foot fault. Williams lost to unseeded, unranked Kim Clijsters 6-4, 7-5 in a taut semifinal. Clijsters will play No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki for the championship.

With Williams serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set, she faulted on her first serve. On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault. That made the score 15-40, putting Clijsters one point from victory. Williams went over and shouted at the line judge, who walked over and reported it to the chair umpire. That led to the chair umpire awarding a penalty point to Clijsters, ending the match. Williams already had been given a code violation warning when she broke her racket after losing the first set.