WATCH: Serena Williams’ Funny Reply After Being Accused of Swearing on-Court

Published 01/18/2021, 12:31 PM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: Serena Williams of the USA thanks the crowd after winning her quarter final match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day five of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


The 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, won her last major championship at the 2017 Australian Open. Since then, Williams is yet to win a Grand Slam title and has unfortunately lost in her last four Grand Slam finals appearances.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her Women’s Singles quarterfinal match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria on Day Ten of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Peeking back at the 2017 Australian Open, Williams had a stellar run and won the tournament without dropping a set. However, an interesting incident happened during her fourth-round match against Czech tennis player, Barbora Strycova. The chair umpire accused Williams of swearing on-court after the American won a grueling first set against Strycova.

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Did Serena Williams swear on-court?

Williams hit back at the chair umpire with a funny reply, saying that she usually curses every match but didn’t swear a single time that day. The chair umpire looked amused after hearing William’s statement, while the latter remarked that saying “Come on” wasn’t bad.

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“I haven’t cursed. I really haven’t. Today is the first day I haven’t, I usually do every match but I haven’t. I will be careful, but I haven’t said anything bad. ‘Come on’ isn’t bad, I haven’t said anything.” remarked Williams.

Known for voicing her opinion, Williams has never shied away from speaking her mind. The former World No.1 has often hit back at press reporters whenever they have asked demeaning questions to Williams.

With the 2021 Australian Open just three weeks away, Williams will aim to equal Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 Grand Slam titles. Since 2017, Williams hasn’t gone past the quarterfinal stage at Melbourne Park.

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She recently landed in Adelaide to prepare for the Australian Open and is currently undergoing a two-week quarantine as per the health protocols. However, the players are allowed to train for five hours each day until the completion of the quarantine period.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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