Serena Williams reaches Italian Open Semi-Finals

Serena Williams eats dog food, but still defeats the competition in Rome. Now in the semi-finals, Williams looks to win her fourth straight Italian Open.

American tennis superstar Serena Williams has reached the Italian Open semi-finals, however, Williams’ bizarre Snapchat video post has stolen all the headlines.

Staying in luxury hotel in Rome for the tournament, Williams ordered her dog Chip a meal from the hotel’s doggy menu. Williams decided to sample the doggy rice and salmon dish, before making herself vomit afterwards.

Reportedly, the meal cost Williams $17, and according to the 21-time grand slam champion, it looked delicious.

Serena Williams’ Snapchat story about eating her dog’s food

This is from Serena Williams’ Snapchat: serenaunmatched on May 11, 2016.

Despite the doggy meal, Williams defeated her opponent Christian McHale to reach the quarter-finals not long after her doggy dinner.

In the quarter-finals Williams played and defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova, who upset Williams in March at the Miami Open.  Williams won in straight sets 6-2 and 6-0. She now moves on to Saturday’s semi-finals where she will take on Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. Begu is currently ranked number 35 in the world.

The Italian Open is Williams’ warm-up to the prestigious French Open in two weeks. Williams is one grand slam win away from tying Steffi Graf’s grand slam record of 22.

In the other Italian Open semi-final, Spain’s Garbine Muguruza will take on American Madison Keys. Murguruza has been solid in the Italian Open thus far and will hope to take care of Keys as easily as she defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the last round.

Williams currently sits on 69 career title wins and looks likely to seal her 70th this weekend. Williams has won three straight Italian Open titles.

Following Williams’ win in the quarter-finals, here coach Patrick Mouratoglu spoke to the media about Williams’ success.

“Serena has great motivation to win. She still has big goals and wants to beat as many records as possible, because she thinks she can,” said Mouratoglu.

Now 34, Williams is showing no signs of slowing down. Thus far she has made easy work of her opponents in Rome, and has a chance to take home her fourth straight Italian Open title.

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Drew Farmer
I am a freelance journalist and author currently living in Manchester, England. Originally from the USA, I have written about sports and travel for years.I have written for Hopeless Football Romantic magazine, The Football Pink magazine, World Soccer Talk, Sports Collectors Daily, Forza Italian Football and many more. My debut book Soccer Travels was released in spring 2016, and details travelling to soccer matches around the globe. It can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.