SERENA STANDS STRONG IN SPITE OF BIAS IN THE TENNIS WORLD!
I have scanned websites and newspapers across the world regarding reporting on the 2011 US Open. When it comes to bad behavior headlines; why is Serena the player all are obssessed with? Let’s explore the definition of ‘Bias’, shall we:
BIAS/ˈbīəs/ – DEFINITION
Verb: Show prejudice for or against (someone or
something) unfairly: “the tests were biased against women”;
“a biased view of the world”.
Noun: Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group
compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
I referred to the hindrance rule of the WTA’s Rulebook and it suggests that chair umpire Eva Asderaki possibly made a wrong decision in the US Open final when she handed the point to Samantha Stosur because Serena shouted “C’MON” before the point was completely finished. Stosur barely got her racket on the powerful record. In fact she had started walking to the opposite corner of the court so sure was she that Serena had won that point.
I stand as one who firmly believes the umpire owes Serena an apology. Serena Williams DID NOT shout in order to distract her opponent, her reaction was unintentional.
Williams continues to be attacked by the tennis community and the press. USTA fined her $2,000 because of her verbal exchange with the umpire. Members of the press collectively scorn her for committing what they call an aggressive reaction to the disputable call Still those same so called Journalist professionals ignore the documented HISTORY of Roddick-the-Umpire-Abuser and the King of Tantrums John McEnroe. Plenty of video around showing them walking menacingly up to umpires while cursing, even hitting balls at the umpire chair. Are these not examples of aggressive reactions? Or maybe in the eyes and pens of the majority White press – just boys being boys! As for Serena it’s condemnation ad nauseum!
Back to that disputable call Ms. Umpire – the official rule for such a situations says:
If a player is hindered in playing the point by a deliberate act of the opponent(s), the player shall win
the point. However, the point shall be replayed if a player is hindered in playing the point by either an unintentional act of the opponent(s), or something outside the player’s own control (not including a permanent fixture).
Don’t know if Serena had a FLASHBACK to 2004, but I sure as Hell did!
This umpire Asderaki, who by the way is good friends with (Mariana Alves) umpire at the 2004 US OPEN. Williams hit a backhand well inside the sideline at deuce in the opening game of the third set that was called good by the lineswoman but overruled by umpire Alves. A blind person could see that winner was in. Officials later apologized to Serena. Don’t know if Serena had a flashback to 2004, but I sure as Hell did!
For the record, the USTA banned umpire Alves from continuing to officiate the rest of the 2004 Open. But she was NOT banned from tennis, as many have called for in Serena’s 2011 incident. Adding fuel to this fire, Serena over the years since 2004 has had to play matches in other tournaments with her Alves as umpire! No protest from Serena about Alves and no further remarks from
Serena about how unfair she found the umpire’s horrible call in 2004. Still commentators, message boards,and sports
writers are calling Serena the most heinous of words and a disgrace to tennis. Have you ever heard of a more biased situation?
And if you don’t know the meaning of BIASED treatment – read the definition above AGAIN and AGAIN!