Williams Fined $10K for Damaging Wimbledon Court

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 9, 2019 Updated: July 9, 2019

WIMBLEDON, England—Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 by the All England Club for damaging a court during practice before the Wimbledon tournament started.

Williams, who faces fellow American Alison Riske in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, July 9, as she looks to win her 24th Grand Slam title, has yet to comment on the fine.

Fabio Fognini was also fined $3,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after a rant during his third round defeat to Tennys Sandgren.

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Italy’s Fabio Fognini reacts as he plays United States’ Tennys Sandgren in a Men’s singles match during day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 6, 2019. (Alastair Grant/Photo/AP)

The Italian had said he hoped a “bomb” would explode at the All England Club.

More than 1,000 bombs fell in the area during World War II, destroying thousands of nearby homes, and 16 fell on the tournament grounds. One hit Centre Court.

Nick Kyrgios was handed two fines, one for $3,000 from the first round and another for $5,000 from the second round—both for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Wimbledon Tournament Highlights

Venus Williams lost for the second time at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, eliminated from mixed doubles in the second round.

Williams, a five-time champion at the All England Club, lost to Coco Gauff in the first round of the singles tournament last week.

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United States’ Cori “Coco” Gauff wipes her face during a women’s singles match against Romania’s Simona Halep on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Photo/AP)
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United States’ Cori “Coco” Gauff celebrates after beating Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in a Women’s singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 5, 2019. (Ben Curtis/Photo/AP)

In mixed doubles, Williams and partner Frances Tiafoe lost to 12th-seeded Franko Skugor and Raluca Olaru 6-3, 6-1. If they had reached the semifinals, Venus could have been up against sister Serena, who is playing mixed doubles with Andy Murray.

Serena Williams eased into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 14th time by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court.

Williams won six straight games from 3-2 in the first set to take control of the match. She raised both arms in celebration after her fifth break of the match gave her a 5-2 lead in the second set and served out the victory when Suarez Navarro sent a backhand wide.

Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title after losing last year’s final to Angelique Kerber. She has never lost a set in seven career meetings against Suarez Navarro.

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United States’ Serena Williams celebrates winning a point against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in a women’s singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Williams will next face fellow American Alison Riske.

Alison Riske

Unseeded American Alison Riske came from a set down to upset top-ranked Ash Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at Wimbledon and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Riske broke for a 5-3 lead in the deciding set and clinched the win on her first match point when Barty sent a backhand wide.

The loss ends a 15-match winning streak for Barty, who was coming off titles at the French Open and Birmingham and was playing her first tournament as No. 1.

United States’ Alison Riske returns the ball to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in a women’s singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2019. (Ben Curtis/Photo/AP)

Barty opened the match with four straight aces but landed only 40 percent of her first serves in the second set and was broken four times in total.

Riske is playing in her 30th Grand Slam tournament but her previous best result was reaching the fourth round at the 2013 U.S. Open.

She will next face either Serena Williams or Carla Suarez Navarro.

Star-Filled Cast

A star-filled cast that includes Serena Williams, 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff and the men’s Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is on the schedule as Wimbledon resumes after its traditional day off.

All 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round singles matches are planned for “Manic Monday,” as it’s known.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Portugal’s Joao Sousa in a Men’s singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 8, 2019. (Alastair Grant/AP)

The All England Club is the only Grand Slam site where there is no play planned for the tournament’s middle Sunday—and the only one where everyone still around plays on the initial day of Week 2.

Gauff will try to prolong her magical Grand Slam debut when she meets former No. 1 Simona Halep. That match on Court No. 1 follows seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams against No. 30 seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

The top three seeded men—Djokovic, Federer and Nadal—all face opponents who never have been to the second week at Wimbledon.

Reuters contributed to this article.