Serena Really Sorry This Time

'I admit when I'm wrong,' Williams says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 1:54 PM CDT
Serena Really Sorry This Time
Serena Williams.   (AP Photo)

Serena Williams, who offered no apologies in her postmatch press conference Saturday, issued a statement today on her website reversing direction, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst,” the statement reads. “I'm a woman of great pride, faith, and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong.”

"I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act," wrote Williams, whose point penalty on match point gave a two-set semifinal victory to eventual champion Clijsters. "Win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner." (More Serena Williams stories.)

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