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Serena Williams Makes Second Attempt To 'Sincerely Apologize'

Nearly two days after her outburst at the US Open semifinals, Serena Williams (photosSerena Williams photos) has finally apologized.

"I want to sincerely apologize first to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the US. Tennis Association and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst," Williams said on Monday. "I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong."

"I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner. I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result."

The ugly tirade on Saturday resulted in plenty of outrage and cost the defending champion a point, the match, $10,000, and possible further punishment.

"I think the whole point of learning from your mistakes is not to do the same thing," Williams explained. "I definitely would, I think, have a more professional way of voicing my opinion. I want to get another bad line call so I can get some more practice and see how I do. That would be awesome. OK, this is my one moment here. Yeah, so I probably would even smile."

Serena claimed that she wanted to meet the line judge who called the foot fault that triggered the tirade -- a Japanese woman whose name has been withheld by the USTA -- and "give her a big ol' hug."

In her initial statement Williams fell far short of an apology and would only admit she "handled the situation poorly."

International Tennis Federation executive director Bill Babcock will review the incident and recommend whether further action should be taken by the Grand Slam committee, which is made up of representatives of all four majors.

If Jeff Tarango's 1995 punishment can be regarded as any precedent, the 27-year-old will likely face suspension for at least one Grand Slam. After Tarango cursed at a chair umpire at Wimbledon and stormed off the court, he was hit with a $63,000 fine and suspended for two Grand Slams.

September 15, 2009 |

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