US Open 2011: Serena Williams Loses to Samantha Stosur

Serena Williams’s vast Grand Slam experience could not help the American tennis star as she lost to Australia’s Samantha Stosur at the 2011 US Open final on Sunday in a match that featured more off-court drama than on-court actions.

Stosur won her first Grand Slam title by dominating the 13-time major champion Williams in two sets, 6-2, 6-3. The 27-year-old Australian controlled the match from the baseline then watched Williams self-destruct with unforced errors and a surprisingly unreliable serve. It was, however, not Stosur’s splendid performance that was the talk of the town after the match.

Williams, her so-so performance notwithstanding, hogged a bit of the spotlight—albeit in a bad light—when she launched a diatribe against chair umpire Eva Asderaki after being penalized a point for shouting during the first game of the second set. Facing a break point and a one-set deficit, Williams shouted “come on” as Stosur was trying to reach for a backhand return. Stosur eventually missed the return but Asderaki awarded the point to the Australian as the umpire ruled that Williams’ shout affected her opponent’s ability to perform the shot. The decision infuriated Williams, who approached Asderaki and accused the umpire of having some personal beef against her.

“Aren’t you the one who screwed me over last time here? Do you have it out for me? That’s totally not cool,” Williams told Asderaki as she mistakenly thought that the umpire was the same official who called the foot-fault that triggered her now infamous verbal attack in a semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters in 2009.