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Serena Williams' Shocking US Open Meltdown

Sep. 13 2009, Published 2:34 p.m. ET

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It is being called a "meltdown for the ages" or at least the best courtside explosion since the good old days of John McEnroe.

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Serena Williams was called for a foot fault in her US Open Women's Semi-Final match against Kim Cjisters of Belgium Saturday night, and she let it rip at the lineswoman.

"If I could I would take this ****ball and shove it down your ***** throat and kill you," Williams could be heard saying.

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That brought the tournament manager and the chair umpire into the fray, with Serena then denying that she's threatened to kill anyone.

She was slapped with a penalty that on top of the one she'd been given for breaking her racket after losing the first set meant Serena was out.

She lost the match 6-4, 7-5, and was followed off the court by a chorus of boos from the fans.



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