Williams beat Australian 17th seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round and turned on the style against 11th seed Goerges. There is little excuse for her overreaction, but it's not like she hasn't had previous issues with umpires at the US Open. It was clarified by an independent doctor at the time that Venus was suffering from an injury.
It was initially reported that Serena stepped on broken glass and badly cut her foot. For the Williams to boycott an event for eight years and counting, a home event at that, then something serious must have happened. The quip went over the head of most of the crowd, which consisted mainly of children, who forgot that Williams was issued a point penalty on match point last summer after a verbal assault on the lineswoman who called her for a foot fault — if they ever knew of it in the first place.