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    Serena Williams fined $10K for damaging Wimbledon court during practice

    Jul 9, 2019
    Reports say Serena Williams threw her racket and damaged part of the practice court before the tournament started.
    PHOTO: AP

    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.

    Fabio Fognini was fined $3,000. The Italian said during his third-round loss that he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon.

    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. The Australian lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets in the second round.

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    Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the 14th time, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on Monday.

    Williams, who missed about a year of play while she had a baby in 2017 but returned to the tennis tour in 2018, before Wimbledon had not played since the third round of the French Open — skipping the grass-court warm-up tournaments.

    "I definitely haven't had enough (matches)," said Williams, who had been dealing with an injured left knee. "I have more matches this week than literally the past five months. So, yikes."

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    Reports say Serena Williams threw her racket and damaged part of the practice court before the tournament started.
    PHOTO: AP
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