The 37-year-old didn't seem to sweat the news

By Jason Duaine Hahn
July 09, 2019 04:21 PM
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Wimbledon isn’t just costing its attendees money: Tennis legend Serena Williams is also shelling out a hefty sum of cash after being fined at the tournament.

Williams — who beat Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Tuesday to move on to the semifinals — was given a $10,000 penalty from the All England Club for damaging one of Wimbledon’s practice courts, according to CNN. The incident occurred on June 30 when Williams threw her racquet during a training session on a grass court.

The 37-year-old didn’t seem to sweat the news.

“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” she told reporters on Tuesday. “I just threw my racquet. I got fined.”

When asked if she believed she actually caused $10,000 worth of damage, Williams jokingly said she might have underestimated her true strength.

“I guess if you could tell me, I would appreciate it,” she said. “I mean, I have always been an Avenger in my heart. Maybe I’m super strong, I don’t know.”

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Williams isn’t the only player to receive a hefty fine in the tournament so far.

According to Fox News, Italian player Fabio Fognini was ordered to pay $3,000 after losing in the third round when he said he wished a bomb would hit the event.

Nick Kyrgios received two fines for unsportsmanlike conduct: one for $3,000 in the first round and $5,000 in the second round.

But Australian Bernard Tomic had the largest fine of all when he was penalized $56,000 in the first round for not meeting “the required professional standards,” which he can appeal.

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Williams will next face Barbora Strýcová, 33, of the Czech Republic, The New York Times reports.

“I wouldn’t have won that match a couple of weeks ago,” Williams said of beating Riske on Tuesday, alluding to the knee pain she had in June at the French Open.

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“Every match here has really helped me and really counted. I’m glad I was able to come through,” Williams said. “She [Riske] was honestly playing so great. She beat so many great players and was so close to the win today.”

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