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Serena Williams: Pardon That Racket I Made

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Order on the court! Tennis star Serena Williams has again apologized for her expletive-laced tirade at the U.S. Open over the weekend.

"I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lineswoman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong," Serena wrote on her website. "I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner."

Williams concluded, "I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result."

Serena made headlines over the weekend after going off on a lineswoman when the official called a foot fault at a key moment during the Serena's semifinal match with Kim Clijsters on Saturday night, which Williams lost.

Williams was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Serena returns to the court today with her sister Venus to compete in the women's doubles finals.