WATCH: Venus Williams tells chair umpire ‘I can’t control God, talk to him’
Unimpressed by the chair umpire’s decision to give her a time violation during her defeat at the Emilia-Romagna Open, Venus Williams told the official to “talk to God” about the gusty winds.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner suffered a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Anna Schmiedlova in the first round in Parma on Monday.
After bouncing back from a 2-5 deficit in the opening set, the American reeled off five consecutive games to take a 1-0 lead, but she lost her way after that.
The heavy winds did not help her cause as she struggled with the ball tosses and opted to slow proceedings down. However, it resulted in a time violation and she decided to have a talk with the chair umpire.
Venus Williams: I can’t control God.
Ps: That Walk. 😂pic.twitter.com/nKp8Wm90Vy
— Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) May 17, 2021
“I’m just saying that wind blows and there is nothing I can do about that,” she told the umpire.
“I can’t control the wind or God… I will call out the tour director, but I am just saying if the wind blows there is nothing I can do about it. I can’t control God, talk to him.”
Schmiedlova’s reward after coming through the two hours and 39 minute encounter is a second-round clash against fifth seed Amanda Anisimova, who defeated Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1.
Serena Williams retirement: Greg Rusedski not discounting ‘box office’ Serena to retire on a high at US Open
Serena Williams to bow out on a high by winning the US Open?
Serena Williams retirement: Tennis might never see such a remarkable icon ever again
The remarkable career of Serena Williams is drawing to a close.
Serena Williams’ greatest milestones as she prepares to bid farewell: Open Era Grand Slam record, prize money
Serena Williams has had quite a career.
Serena Williams confirms will retire after US Open, but doesn’t want any ‘ceremonial, final on-court moment’
Time to shed a tear or two, the great Serena Wiliams is to retire after the US Open.
WATCH: Serena Williams wins superb rally, says she went into ‘mom mode’ after spotting daughter in the crowd
Serena Williams wins incredible shot after brilliant defensive work – and her daughter was there to see it.
Alexander Zverev gives positive injury update, but withdraws from Cincy with US Open also in doubt
A fitness update from Alexander Zverev.
LTA’s first pro padel event in Great Britain a major success as Tia Norton and Carla Fito Fernandez win big
Congratulations to Tia Norton and Carla Fito Fernandez as well as Bram Meijer and Sten Richters.
WATCH: Roger Federer keeps his promise to young fan in awe-inspiring video
If this video from Roger Federer and Zizou doesn’t make you smile today, then nothing will.
Daniil Medvedev shrugs off playing under neutral flag: ‘I’m still Daniil Medvedev. I still want to win big titles’
Daniil Medvedev has moved on from the Wimbledon ban.
Leylah Fernandez keeps her emotions in check to claim comeback win to say ‘thank you’ to family and friends
A first-ever Canadian Open win for Leylah Fernandez.