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Learn to be more serene, Serena.

Byline: Pete Barrow

IMAGINE this scenario.

You are one of the top performers in your field, you have won a string of the world's major titles and just a week away from your 28th birthday, you have enough cash in the bank to keep you and those close to you secure until your dying day - and probably well beyond.

Would you be happy? I would be - but not Serena Williams!

Her outburst at a line judge as she faced defeat in the US Open semi-finals against Kim Clijsters smacked of the actions of a spoilt brat.

Instead of accepting that maybe this time the title was not going to be hers, she instead produced a tantrum Violet Elizabeth Bott, the lisping spoiled daughter of the local nouveau riche millionaire in the Just William books, would have been proud of.

Sadly the 'I'll thcream and thcream until I'm thick' approach didn't pay off for Serena, it merely hurried along her sad demise as the US Open's tournament referee Brian Earley counted her out.

Fortunately for tennis Williams was never going to get away with her actions - one John Patrick McEnroe Jnr ensured a couple of decades ago that the game's authorities are geared up for dealing with petulance.

And was she sorry? Well certainly not for a few days as she insisted 'An apology for...? From me!' It has not been an easy ride since the incident for Serena - despite having finally apologised to the line judge - as an appearance this week on Good Morning America saw her squirm as attempts at promoting her new book were repeatedly flattened as the host turned the subject back to her on-court outburst.

But at least as America gives her the cold shoulder for a while, she will have the time to think over some of life's big questions - hopefully she will have started with 'Why the universe does not revolve around me!'
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2009
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