Serena Williams Dismisses Match-Fixing Claims


Washington: Serena Williams has dismissed any hint of match-fixing in women’s tennis after surviving a tough early test to safely progress to the second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

While there’s been no suggestion of any such sinister behaviour on her tour as the ATP deals with fresh stories of fixing in men’s tennis, Williams made it clear on Monday that throwing anything but a ball toss wasn’t in her DNA.

“When I’m playing, and I can only answer for me, I play very hard and every player I play seems to play hard,” the 21-time grand slam champion said after her 6-4 7-5 win over Italian Camila Giorgi.

“As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great but historic.