Serena Williams says a heckler bothered her throughout her match Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., making at least one racist remark before he was finally ejected.
"The guy said, `Hit the net like any Negro would.' I was shocked," Williams said. "I couldn't believe it. I had to do a double take. I think I hit a double fault on that point."
Williams won the third-round match against Lucie Safarova, 6-3, 6-4. Williams complained late in the match to the chair umpire about the heckler.
"I shouldn't have let it bother me, because growing up in Compton we had drive-bys," Williams said. "I guess that's what my dad prepared me for, but I'm not going to stand for it."
Fans and security confirmed a man heckled Williams inappropriately, tournament director Adam Barrett said.
"The man was identified and escorted off the site," Barrett said. (source)