You likely know what happened next. Williams unleashed a string of asterisks and ampersands and threats, the worst of them involving asphyxiation of Tsurubuchi via tennis ball. Having already been assessed a warning for an earlier breach of etiquette, Williams was penalized a point for her eruption, ending the match.
Tsurubushi was quickly whisked away from the complex that night, but by the time she had returned to her hotel,
A "white badge" level official, she quietly worked several ATP events in the fall. Though assigned to none of Serena's matches, she worked at the Australian Open as well. And she has been assigned six straight ATP events in the United States this spring, taking a break only to jet back to Japan and pay a quick visit to a friend suffering a recurrence of cancer.
We caught up with Tsurubuchi at the ATP Delray Beach event.
A slight women who speaks in halting English, she generously took a few questions on the condition none pertain to a specific player (i.e. Serena, who was fined $82,500 for her outburst and is on tennis' equivalent of double secret probation.)