Serena Williams called the umpire a “hater” during the U.S. Open final, and she isn’t ready to say she’s sorry.
In fact, Williams, who lost the match 6-2, 6-3 to Australia’s Sam Stosur, says she doesn’t even remember the content of her minute-long tirade. “It was just so intense out there,” she told a reporter afterwards. “It’s the final for me, and I was just — I have to go — I guess I’ll see it on YouTube.”
Let’s refresh her memory. Down a set and facing break point, Williams blasted a ball straight at Stosur, shouting “Come on!” Umpire Eva Asderaki ruled that Williams had used the two-syllable phrase to deliberately distract Stosur. Asderaki could have replayed the point, but she decided to hand it to Stosur, causing Williams to lose the game. A few games later, during the changeover, Williams let loose in a manner reminiscent of her 2009 outburst that led to her disqualification in the semi-finals.
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way, because you’re out of control,” she said last night. “You’re totally out of control, you’re a hater, and you’re unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow…What a loser.” She wasn’t finished. “You get a code violation because I express my end? We’re in America the last time I checked,” she said to the Greek umpire. “Can I get a water or am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don’t even look at me! I promise you, don’t look at me, ’cause I am not the one. Don’t look my way.”
There is a bright side: Serena seems to have tempered her temper. Her 2009 outburst included explicit threats, as when she told the line judge, “I swear to God I’ll [expletive] take the ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat.” This time around, however, she kept her threats veiled and even abstained from swearing. With that sort of momentum, perhaps next year she won’t shout at all.
William Lee Adams is a staff writer at the London bureau of TIME. Find him on Twitter at @willyleeadams or on Facebook. You can also continue the discussion on TIME‘s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.