A flare-up between Pam Shriver and Zina Garrison-Jackson overshadowed Garrison-Jackson's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in their quarterfinal Saturday at the Edgbaston tournament.
During the match, played on an indoor court because rain made grass-court tennis unplayable, Shriver threw the ball at Garrison-Jackson and swore at her opponent's fans.
"I couldn't believe that she didn't get a warning," Garrison-Jackson said.
Garrison-Jackson said she is sure Shriver is "a good person at heart," but "I heard some of the things she was saying about me, like calling me stupid."
Garrison, a 29-year-old black player from Houston, said she considered some of Shriver's actions and comments racist.
"There are a lot of things about me, but I don't have a racist bone in my body," said Shriver, a 30-year-old white player from Baltimore. "That hurts a little bit."
After the match, Stuart Johnston, chairman of Edgbaston Priory Club, tried to present both players with a life membership in the club. Shriver, the tournament winner from 1984 to 1987, left the court.
"I just felt it would be best for everyone if I left in a hurry," she said.
She said that she would apologize to Garrison-Jackson for her behavior, which happened on what Shriver described as "not a good day."
Shriver is president of the Women's Tennis Association, and Garrison-Jackson is on the board of directors.
"I'm seriously thinking about resigning," Garrison-Jackson said. "She's supposed to be our leader, and it's going to be a major conflict for me."
"That would be a great loss," Shriver said.
Of her dual role, Shriver said: "It's a bad reflection on me if I get upset, but I'm out there as an individual, not representing all the other players."