Serena fined $10,000
Serena Williams was fined $10,000 for un-sports man like conduct when she smashed her racket repeatedly against the turf after dropping the first set against fellow American Christina McHale at Wimbledon.
The No. 1-seeded Williams’ fine was from her second-round 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 victory over fellow American Christina McHale at Centre Court on Friday.
After losing the first set, Williams returned to her chair and slammed her racket against the ground several times before tossing it backward on the slick grass where it landed in the lap of a cameraman positioned in the photo pit.
After the match, Williams said she expected to be fined for her tirade, even joking that she has not yet met her quota on smashing rackets this season.
“I’ve cracked a number of rackets throughout my career,” Williams said.
“I’ve gotten fined a number of times for cracking rackets. In fact, I look at it like I didn’t crack one at the French Open or Rome, so I was doing really good. I don’t want to go too long without cracking a racket.’’
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