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Wimbledon: Serena threatens legal action amid fears over slip-up

By John Skilbeck

Published 05/07/2016

Full stretch: Serena Williams returns Svetlana Kuznetsova’s serve in her straight-sets victory over the Russian
Full stretch: Serena Williams returns Svetlana Kuznetsova’s serve in her straight-sets victory over the Russian

Serena Williams insisted she would never sue Wimbledon and after a "heat of the moment" threat to do so during a fourth-round win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The defending women's singles champion was unhappy with the suggestion she and her Russian opponent should play on at 5-5, after light drizzle fell on Centre Court.

She believed it left her open to suffering a slip on the grass that could lead to injury.

After discussing her concerns with umpire Marija Cicak and tournament referee Andrew Jarrett, Williams and Kuznetsova were allowed to leave the court and the retractable roof was moved to provide cover.

The players left court but were soon able to return and Williams won every game from that stage onwards, for a 7-5 6-0 victory.

When talking initially to Cicak, Williams could be heard to say: "I'm going to fall. Can't they just close the roof?"

Cicak's response was inaudible but Williams added: "If I get hurt, I'm suing..."

In her post-match press conference, Williams was asked about her comments on court.

She said: "You guys, don't even try me like that. I was in the moment, I was on the court, and what I say on the court, whether it's smashing my rackets, or... it's in the heat of the moment.

"I have no plans, no future of suing Wimbledon. Like, let's get serious. That's not what I do, that's not what I am."

Sister Venus joined Serena in the last eight after she strode to victory over Carla Suarez Navarro, beating the Spaniard 7-6(3) 6-4.

Venus, with five Wimbledon crowns to her name, used her 20 years of experience on the tour to overcome early sluggishness, a rain break and a busy opponent. She pulled back to a tiebreak but had to run off court for half an hour because of a rain shower.

"I just tried to stay focused and she gave me a few points and that saw me through," said Venus

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