Top seed Serena Williams defeated fellow American Christina McHale to make the quarter-finals at the Italian Open in Rome. She came back a day before through an illness that was caused by her eating her dog food to beat McHale from 3-5 down in the opening set before saving a set point in the tiebreak of a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.
She said she was impressed by the gourmet dog food menu at her Rome hotel that she tasted a spoonful. The 34-year old later posted a series of snapchat videos to give an explanation for her illness.
“They have this menu for my dog, because Chip left his food – can you imagine? On the doggy menu it has soup, and all this other good stuff. So I’m like, ‘I might want to taste this food’. So I ordered him the salmon and rice, because I thought ‘I eat salmon’. Before you judge me, look at it. That’s the salmon and rice – it’s kind of mixed together, right? I thought ‘What the heck, I’m going to try a piece. It looks good.’ So I ate a spoonful. Don’t judge me! I ate a spoonful! I don’t think it’s consumable for humans. They should’ve wrote that! So now I feel really sick. It was just a spoonful.
In other news, second seed, Britain’s Andy Murray beat Belgium’s David Goffin to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open. Though he lost his first service game to love, the 28-year old won six games in a row to take the first set. He will face face France’s “lucky loser” Lucas Pouille in Saturday’s last four.
World number one Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal for the seventh time in a row, winning 7-5 7-6 (7-4). The defending champion will meet the winner of Friday’s remaining quarter-final between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Austrian Dominic Thiem, as he bids for a fifth title in the Italian capital. Djokovic beat Murray in the Madrid Open final last week. He now won his last 13 matches and is bidding for a fifth title in Rome. If he wins the tournament, he’ll become the first tennis player to ever earn over $100 million in prize-money over the course of his career.