Serena Williams was finally fined $82 500 for her US Open final outburst , and will be suspended if she commits another serious offense in the next two years. If she does happen to commit another serious offense in the next two years, she will miss out on the US Open. Clearly this is a more appropriate punishment for threatening to kill the line judge, but is it enough? This year alone Serena Williams earned a record $6.5 million in prize money, while in sponsors she had probably earned more than double that. So I don’t see how this fine is really hurting her. I think what is hurting her more though is the damage she did to her reputation. As far as I’m concerned the real Serena Williams came out in that US Open semi-final.
The Williams sisters have been known for their arrogance, so this outburst from Williams shouldn’t be much of a surprise. One year at the Australian Open the Williams sisters claimed that they could beat any man ranked outside the top 200 in the world. The number 203 in the world at that time, Karsten Braasch, happened to be around and he volunteered to play a set against them. Before the match Braasch played a round of golf and had a few beers, and when he showed up at the court he played at about 50% of his capabilities. He beat Serena 6-1 and right after he beat Venus 6-2. You can read more about that HERE. Very funny story. If you happened to miss the Serena Williams outburst you can view it again here:
Looking at this video again I can’t help but feel disgusted once more that a professional sports person would act this way, especially the best player on the women’s tour that so many look up to. I just don’t understand how she can react the way she did without knowing herself whether she overstepped the line. The line judge is totally neutral, and to suggest otherwise would be racism. The only conclusion I can come to is that because Williams was in a losing position, she was looking for someone to lash out at, and she let the poor line judge have it. Anyway I am happier now that Serena got a bigger fine, because like I previously suggested $10 000 is simply not enough for the offense that she committed.
Well at least Williams now has the dubious honor of having received the biggest fine in grand slam history, more than double the previous highest which was given to Jeff Tarango. This behaviour is something that you would expect of men if anything, not women. Women are usually graceful and well behaved, which makes this outburst by Williams all the more disturbing.
Ps. My vote goes for too little. Why? Although $82 500 seems like a huge amount of money to the average person who reads this blog, it actually does nothing to Williams’ state of wealth. I would have thought at least $1 million would have been appropriate. Your first thought is probably that it’s a bit harsh from me, but think about it. If these athletes get paid so much, live these glorious lifestyles, and have all the fame they do, they should live with the consequences of their actions like any of us. I feel very strongly about this.