Serena Offers Another Apology for Outburst

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)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams has issued a second statement about what she calls her "inappropriate outburst" at a U.S. Open line judge.

Williams said she wants to amend her original press release and wants to "sincerely apologize" to the official; to her opponent Saturday night, Kim Clijsters; to the U.S. Tennis Association; and to tennis fans.

The apology was issued Monday, more than 36 hours after Williams' profanity-laced tirade at a line judge who called a foot fault late in the defending champion's semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters.

Williams was fined US$10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and could face further penalties.

She and her sister Venus were scheduled to play in the women's doubles final Monday.