“Very angry and bitter right now” – Serena Williams’ awkward rant for “robbing” her of a crucial win over Jennifer Capriati.

Serena Williams has retired with 23 Grand Slam titles under her name. Her resilience and tenacity on the court led to her becoming the best of the best. She practiced a lot and knew her challenges and faced them head-on. But that also made her confident about her gameplay. When the chair umpire took on Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2004 US Open, she didn’t hold back.

It eventually turned out that Williams was right and the chair umpire had made the wrong decision.


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Serena Williams lashed out at the chair umpire for “robbing” her chance at the 2004 US Open.

The quarterfinals of the 2004 US Open was between Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams. The latter had won six Grand Slam titles in her career up to this point, the former three. She had hit a backhand that was inside the line as confirmed by the linesman. However, chair umpire Mariana Alves announced this as Capriati’s advantage. Plus Williams answered frightened, “What happened? That’s my point. The ball was in. That’s my advantage.” She added to prove her point, “The ball was in there. What the hell is that?”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

This resulted in Capriati winning the first game of the decider. It was later pointed out that the referee miscalled twice against Williams. The former world No. 1 later expressed her excitement to the referee, saying: “I guess she’s gone temporarily insane.” In addition, she said “I would prefer it if she were no longer a referee in my place. She’s obviously against Serena.”


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They prevented the referee from refereing another game on the tour after that. The player scoffed at the decision, explaining: “I’m very angry and bitter right now. I felt cheated. Should I continue? I just feel robbed.”

Williams’ arduous journey to the top

The 23-time Grand Slam winner had to face a lot of criticism from the public during her career. People criticized her gameplay, attitude and issues irrelevant to the sport, like her looks. However, Williams believed in her abilities and focused solely on her game. In 2004 she didn’t know how many Grand Slam titles she would win in the future.


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The player won her last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2017 while she was pregnant. This shows the player’s tenacity which has pushed her to be the best regardless of the situation.

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