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Fittingly Mad: Sore Losers

She has been railed on by the sports media. They have called her "classless" and "graceless," "sullen" and "sulking." Yep, I am talking about one of my fave tennis stars, Serena Williams and her sorry press conference after losing her quarterfinal match at the US Open.

If you have played competitive sports, or even a wicked game of backgammon, and lost (which inevitably happens if you play games), then you know it is hard to lose. You give it your all, you play the best you can and some days it just isn't enough. Losing with grace, though, is still part of the game. Serena even told reporters:

I really don't feel like talking about it [the match]. It's like I don't want to get fined. That's the only reason I came [to the press conference]. I can't afford to pay the fines because I keep losing.

Not really a stellar postmortem on the match, would you say? Serena lost the match to Justine Henin who just so happens to be ranked #1 in women's tennis right now. So when you lose, and lose to the best, you just need to admit you played your best and your opponent unfortunately played even better. Fans forgive losses quickly, but bad attitudes linger. We love players that show their emotions and get fired up on the court or field, but bad sportsmanship just has a bad aftertaste.

It doesn't matter if you win or lose. It is how you played the game...and how you act afterward!


msdyanelk msdyanelk 10 years
SERENA, you are my girl! The reality of the game(s) are somebody has to win, somebody has to lose. It's all good! I am not here to analyze why you play the game because I know for every person whose trying to tear you down with a negative comment, those same haters couldn't last 5 minutes on the court with you without first taking a ROYAL SUPER DELUXE SERENA THE SUPER GIRL---AZZ whooping! hahaha
mominator mominator 10 years
I do not care Serena either. Be the bigger person and take that someone else played better than you. If she would let some of that bad attitude of hers go then she might could play a better game. She has to much anger to me.
Hajduk5 Hajduk5 10 years
I have never liked her. She does not ADD anything to the game of tennis. I dont even think she has a passion for it, but rather the money.
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 10 years
I think you guys are being way too hard on her, yeah she had a bad attitude after losing, but who doesn't sulk once in a while when they've tried really hard at something and failed, the only differnece with Serena is that her sulking was done publicly, and broadcast around the world. I feel sorry for her, being called "classless' and "graceless" after just ONE bad post match conference.
prplegem21 prplegem21 10 years
well athletes will gave it hard from time to time ..its okay to be a loser sometimes
brookrene brookrene 10 years
i dont watch tennis at all. However, i totally sympathize with serena. I'd be the same exact way!
citychic1 citychic1 10 years
totally agree! had the good fortune of watching federer live courtside for the u.s. open. now there's a class act and amazing talent.
msmoney23 msmoney23 10 years
Eh! I love what if she's havin' a bad attitude, in a few more months, the papers will be saying how much they love her. Justine Henin is a good player though. And the William sisters are arrogant for a reason....they rock!
Phil Phil 10 years
I've never been a big fan of the Williams sisters. Their talents are appreciated, but they're so freaking arrogant it's annoying. I didn't see the press conference but how petty is it to spew excuses as to why you lost? Yes, Justine Henin is ranked number one in the world in women's tennis. It's not hard to figure out why the match went the way it did. Henin's match record: 50-4; Serena's: 30-6. Maybe she should take a break from her clothing line to work a little more on her game.
millarci millarci 10 years
Amen, cristina rueda! :) ;)
cristina-rueda cristina-rueda 10 years
So happy that Justine won. So gracious and polite. Am sick and tired of the williams sisters!!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
I saw that conference. It was awful. Serena is such a jerkface when she loses.
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
I heard she didn't act well at all. And now the USTA has pulled all videos from youtube. Bummer.
Spectra Spectra 10 years
Ha, I'm a bad loser and I'll admit it. This is why I run instead of playing tennis or something. If I'm slower one day, I have no one to blame but myself. When I race, I do try to congratulate the winner though. It's gotta feel great to come in first place.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 10 years
I saw the press conference and was not really surprised that she was such a poor loser. She was tossing out every excuse in the book; it was really pathetic and just made her look like a whining brat. So sad that she couldn't just suck it up and say "I had a bad day..."
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
this is a direct quote from my uber-competitive 84 year-old granny: "show me a good winner and i'll show you a damn liar." good sportsmanship is all good and well when you win, but it's more than a little difficult when you lose. and if it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, then why do you keep score? this is why i kind of hate sports.
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
I agree with Feesje..and yup go JUSTINE ;-)
Feesje Feesje 10 years
Yeah, she's such a bad loser. She just couldn't admit that Justine was the better player ("she was lucky today"). Ugh, grow up. That being said: GO JUSTINE! :)
Aaress Aaress 10 years
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