NEW YORK -- CBS Sports' Dick Enberg, Mary Carillo and John McEnroe discussed the controversial events from the U.S. Open's semi-final matchup between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters:
Dick Enberg: Still a lot of buzz around the tennis world, around the country about the events of last night. Serena Williams called for a foot fault on a second serve (inaudible)… the penultimate match point and then a tirade by the women's No. 2 seed, tossed in some harsh profanity at the linesperson, received a point penalty, which was match point and Kim Clijsters wins the match. No announcement yet as to the fine to Serena Williams, but she will not be suspended from the doubles match, which she will play tomorrow.
(Moments later a replay of last night follows)
Enberg: This is last night. After the foot fault called, for a moment it looked like she was (inaudible) … then she went over and really attacked verbally the linesperson with some harsh word. Talking to some officials, had she done the same thing in the middle of the match, she could've been disqualified then just for bad behavior.
Mary Carillo: I think she should be suspended. I can't believe they are letting her play the doubles after that. What does it say about our sport if all you do is hand out a fine? With that kind of behavior, that is as bad as I've ever seen a woman, as bad as I've ever seen a guy -- and historically, have done it a lot more.
John McEnroe: Don't look at me.
Carillo: I just don't understand it. If you care about the integrity of your sport, you throw somebody out of the game for a while.
McEnroe: The suspension should be for her is that you have to keep on playing, after, you play the events the rest of the fall.
Carillo: It would be a pity to lose her, but any other sport worth its reputation would throw out a player who did that, any of them. I can't imagine them deciding to let that slide. And believe me, I think Serena is one of the, great, during a match, there is never anyone more fair than Serena, but not last night. It's important to send a message. If they don't, that's just a terrible smudge on the sport.