‘I can’t control God’ – Williams tells Umpire after time violation in winds


Venus Williams told the umpire “I can’t control God” after getting a time violation during heavy winds in a loss to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Parma.

The American, 40, took the first set 7-5 despite being 5-2 down to the Slovak.

But gusty conditions then forced her to take her time on serve, resulting in the time violation and a confrontation with the chair umpire.

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“I’m just saying that wind blows and there is nothing I can do about that,” she told the umpire.

“I can’t control God, talk to him,” the former world number one added, pointing a finger upwards before walking back to the baseline.

The match ended 5-7 6-2 6-2, with Schmiedlova sealing her fourth consecutive victory over the seven-time Grand Slam champion after two hours and 39 minutes.