Williams wishes she could give line judge a hug

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning over  Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009.  (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

New York (AP) - After two days to think about it, Serena Williams wishes she could give the line judge she yelled at ``a big ol' hug.''

Williams teamed with sister Venus on Monday to win the U.S. Open doubles title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Cara Black and Liezel Huber. At the post-match news conference, she discussed her outburst Saturday.

After being called for a foot fault toward the end of her match against Kim Clijsters, she directed a profanity-laced tirade at the line judge that led to a point penalty that ended the match.

Williams was fined $10,000 on Sunday and issued a written apology Monday, a day after coming out with a different, less-contrite statement.

In the news conference, she said the line judge was only doing her job.
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