Serena Williams fined $10,000 for pre-Wimbledon antics on practice court

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Serena Williams fined $10,000 for pre-Wimbledon antics on practice court

After only five tournaments played so far in 2019 (Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Roland Garros), Serena Williams looks strong on the court again at her beloved Wimbledon. The seven-time champion is through to her 14th quarter-final at the All England Club, hoping to go one step further than in 2018 and claim the first Grand Slam title since the Australian Open 2017.

Serena will face Alison Riske in an all-American battle for the place in the semi-final and regardless of her results by the end of the event, she will leave the All England Club with $10,000 less in her pocket. Serena had to suffer a fine for damaging the practice court with her racquet before the start of the tournament, joining Bernard Tomic, Aryna Sabalenka, Daniil Medvedev, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Cuevas, Nick Kyrgios on the list of fined players at this year's Wimbledon.

That aside, Serena is enjoying one of her best runs in recent times, defeating Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-2, 7-5 in the first round before overcoming a stern Kaja Juvan test in round two, prevailing 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to find herself in the third round.

There, Serena took down Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 in the repeat of the last year's semi-final, never facing a break point and stealing the German's serve once in each set to book the place in the fourth round where she ousted Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 in 64 minutes for her 14th Wimbledon quarter-final!

It was another great performance from the American who will now face the 29-year-old compatriot Alison Riske who is through to the first Grand Slam quarter-final after a thrilling triumph over the world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty who was one of the top favorites for the title.