Serena Williams accused opponent Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of cheating after losing in Saturday’s tennis match. Check out pictures and video here.
Although Serena Williams claims that she doesn’t like drama, it seems that the tennis star can’t escape it. The elite tennis player said this on Saturday:
“I’m like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don’t want to be that girl.”
It all started when Williams was seemingly over matched by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the first set, but came back with a remarkable turn of events to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 reaching the fourth round.
Williams was furious with Martinez Sanchez after a controversial point in the first set. Sanchez hit a backhand drop shot, which Williams hammered back at her head. Martinez Sanchez shielded her face with her hands, and replays depict the ball smacking against her right wrist, and then ricocheting over the net. The point was mistakenly called in Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez favor, giving her a 3-2 lead.
Williams, had a birds eye view of what had happened, and she didn’t hesitate to argue the call with umpire Emmanuel Joseph. She even went as far as using the word “cheating” in her conversation with him.
Serena Williams lashed out about the controversial call saying:
“I didn’t think the ball touched her, it did hit her. In the rules of tennis when the ball hits your body, you lose the point.”
Then she went on to say:
“I would never have done that. I’ve never sunk [that] low. I would never do that to anyone on this tour.”
Not finished with her outrage, Serena then tweeted:
“I hit that ball rather hard — she knew it,” Williams said. “Be honest. She wouldn’t even look at me. I have no respect for anyone who plays a professional game and doesn’t play professionally.”
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