Serena and Venus Williams.

Serena and Venus Williams won the U.S. Open women's doubles championship Monday, their 10th Grand Slam doubles championship, beating defending champs Cara Black and Liezel Huber. Serena was on her best behavior, and apologized on her web site for her ribald Saturday night outburst at the end of her singles semifinal match(Charles Krupa / AP Photo)

By Frank James

Tennis star Serena Williams has finally given an unequivocal apology for her outlandish behavior Saturday night at the U.S. Open women's semifinals where she used profanity laced language to let a line judge know how fortunate the official was that Williams didn't force a tennis ball down her throat.

Her apology came after a day in which people criticized her not only for the original outburst but for the failure to apologize profusely afterwards.

Here's the apology from her web site:

Hey guys!!!
I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible - I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, 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.
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.
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.

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3:56 - September 14, 2009