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Serena Williams of the US smashes her racket after losing her first set to Christina McHale of the US during
their women's singles match on day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, on Friday.
LONDON---Serena Williams and Vik-
tor Troicki were fined $10,000 apiece
yesterday at Wimbledon for unsports-
The biggest amount deducted from
a player s pay cheque at this year s
tournament so far was the $12,000
for Britain s Heather Watson, for jam-
ming her racket into the grass.
The No 1-seeded Williams fine was
from her second-round victory over
Christina McHale at Centre Court on
Friday. She smashed her racket repeat-
edly against the turf while sitting in
her sideline chair after dropping the
first set, then flung the piece of equip-
ment so far behind her that it landed
in the lap of a TV cameraman.
Afterward, Williams said she knew
she would lose some money and joked
about having not yet met her quota
for harming rackets this season.
"I ve cracked a number of rackets
throughout my career. 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,"
Williams said. "I don t want to go too
long without cracking a racket. You
know, I m on track. I try to crack a
certain number a year. I m a little
behind this year, so it was good."
Troicki, a Serb seeded 25th, was
punished for his tirade against chair
umpire Damiano Torella at the end
of a five-set loss in the second round
"Worst umpire ever in the world!
What are you doing? Did you see the
ball?" Troicki screamed, also telling
Torella: "You re horrible!"
The outburst was prompted by a
call as Troicki s opponent, Albert
Ramos-Vinolas, served for the match
at 5-3 in the final set. At 30-all,
Ramos-Vinolas hit a serve that initially
was called out by a linesman behind
Troicki. It was not clear, exactly, who
changed that ruling, but Torella
announced the score had become 40-
30, crediting Ramos-Vinolas with an
ace and pushing him to match point.
Later, speaking to a small group of
reporters, Troicki said about Torella:
"He has no experience, no knowledge
about anything. He s just sitting there,
calling the score, not trying to watch
The umpire gave Troicki a warning
for unsportsmanlike conduct. When
play resumed, Ramos-Vinolas hit a
serve that Troicki returned long with
a backhand to end the match.
After the two players met at the
net for a handshake, Troicki
approached Torella again, waving a
hand at him and saying: "Do you
know what you did?" three times.
Troicki carried on, then headed
directly from Court 17 to the tourna-
ment referee s office to explain his
"He should be also fined, if you ask
me," Troicki said about the chair
umpire. "He should be the one who s
fined. I m not saying he cost me the
match, but he cost me an important
point which could have changed the
outcome of the match." (AP)
Time to pay up
....as Williams, Troicki fined $10k
LONDON---There will be 22,000 fans
with fast fingers on the grounds at
Because of a rainy first week, the All
England Club was forced to schedule
matches on the middle Sunday of the
tournament for only the fourth time
in its 139-year history.
Organisers put tickets on sale online
Saturday afternoon. A mere 27 minutes
later, they were sold out.
"It s special for this tournament,"
said Angelique Kerber, the Australian
Open champion. "It s actually special
that they are playing tomorrow because
it s like a tradition here in Wimbledon.
But, yeah, they have to."
The only other times there was play
on the middle Sunday was in 1991,
1997 and 2004.
Defending champion Serena Williams
will be the marquee name on Centre
Court, playing in the third round against
Annika Beck of Germany.
The top-seeded American was two
matches from completing a calendar-
year Grand Slam last year, losing in the
US Open semifinals after winning four
straight major titles. Since then, she
has lost in both the Australian Open
and French Open finals.
Another interesting match will fea-
ture Alexander Zverev, a rising star
from Germany who beat Roger Federer
on grass at the Wimbledon warmup
tournament in Halle, Germany. He will
take on 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych,
the 2010 Wimbledon finalist, also on
For Zverev, who had to finish his
second-round match on Saturday, it
will be his third straight day on court.
Then there is the possibility of a fourth-
round match on Monday if he advances.
"Obviously it was tough and obvi-
ously playing a second round on Sat-
urday still," Zverev said. "I have to play
tomorrow now. It s not easy schedule."
Here are some other matches at
Wimbledon on Sunday:
Nick Kyrgios and Feliciano Lopez
will resume their third-round match
after winning one set each. The prize
for getting through on Sunday will be
a fourth-round match against 2013
champion Andy Murray on Monday,
Kyrgios advanced to the quarterfinals
at the All England Club two years ago
when he made his debut, and reached
the fourth round last year. The 34-
year-old Lopez has been to the quar-
terfinals three times in his long career.
Wimbledon to play on middle
Sunday for fourth time in history
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