Serena fined for damaging Wimbledon court

Serena Williams of the United States plays a shot in her Ladies Singles fourth round match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during Day Seven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the United States plays a shot in her Ladies Singles fourth round match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during Day Seven of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

London - Seven-time champion Serena Williams has been fined $10 000 (R142 000) for damaging one of the All England Club courts with her racquet, officials said on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old American was sanctioned for an incident which took place during a practice session before the tournament got underway.

"The code given is for unsportsmanlike behaviour. The reason is court damage," a spokesperson told AFP.

Williams is in action twice later on Tuesday when she faces fellow American Alison Riske for a place in the semi-finals.

She then returns to Centre Court to partner Britain's Andy Murray in the mixed doubles.

The All England Club also handed down a $3 000 (R43 000) fine to Italian Fabio Fognini for unsportsmanlike conduct after a rant during his third round defeat to American Tennys Sandgren.

The Italian had said he hoped a "bomb" would explode at the All England Club.

Wimbledon men's singles quarter-finals line up (x denotes seeded player):

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) v David Goffin (BEL x21)

Guido Pella (ARG x26) v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x23)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Rafael Nadal (ESP x3)

Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) v Roger Federer (SUI x2)

Wimbledon women's singles quarter-finals line up (x denotes seeded player):

Alison Riske (USA) v Serena Williams (USA x11)

Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Johanna Konta (GBR x19)  

Elina Svitolina (UKR x8) v Karolina Muchova (CZE)

Simona Halep (ROM x7) v Zhang Shuai (CHN)

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