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Serena Williams eats dog food ahead of Italian Open win

Serena Williams overcame a bout of sickness brought on by eating dog food to beat Christina McHale and set up a quarter-final clash with Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

World number one Williams confessed to an urgent toilet visit after sampling some of her pet dog Chip's food in a video posted on Snapchat, but recovered in time to win 7-6 (9/7) 6-1 against fellow American McHale.

"I thought 'what the heck, I'm gonna try a piece.' It looks good. So I ate a spoonful. Don't judge me," said Williams.

"Let's fast forward two hours. I just ran to the toilet like I thought I was gonna pass out.

"It did taste weird. I force-swallowed it. It tasted kind of like house-cleaner thing. I don't know what they put in these dog foods, but Chip liked it - but I don't think it's consumable for humans."

Williams put her bizarre experience behind her to come through a scare to clinch the 16th point of a first-set tie-break before cruising through the second set.

Meanwhile Andy Murray defeated Jeremy Chardy to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.

The world number three raced through the first set, but had to come from a break down in the second before sealing a 6-0 6-4 victory over a Frenchman.

Murray will meet David Goffin, who thrashed Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-0, for a place in the last four.

The number two seed has also had his path to the final cleared after Stan Wawrinka - the number four seed and in the same half of the draw as the Scot - was beaten in three sets by Juan Monaco.

The victory over Chardy continues Murray's build-up to the French Open, which begins on 22 May and follows a run to the semi-finals in Madrid last week.

Asked about Goffin's one-sided win over Berdych, Murray said: "Goffin's a top quality player so it was a match that could go either way, but a very surprising scoreline - you don't see results like that much nowadays, at this top level anyway."

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both won, but Roger Federer was beaten by world number 15 Dominic Thiem.

Russia's Kuznetsova, the last woman to beat Williams - in the round of 16 in Miami - edged a see-saw battle against Daria Gavrilova 6-2 2-6 6-3.

Johanna Konta suffered a disappointing defeat to Japan's Misaki Doi, 4-6 7-5 6-2.

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