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Serena 'cheat' drama plays out on court

THERE never seems to be a dull moment when Serena Williams is around.

Williams has made a cameo appearance in medical drama ER and lists acting as a hobby but she does not need to rely on a script to produce her own drama.

Controversy has a way of following the American round on the tennis circuit and on Saturday wide-eyed fans at the French Open witnessed the latest episode to unfold around the 10-time grand slam champion.

"I'm drama, and I don't want to be drama," Williams said after reaching the fourth round with an ill-tempered 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.

"I'm beginning to think it's me because I do have a lot of drama, and it's always something, whether it's my life with friends, with anybody. It's like I have the most dramatic life. It's so ridiculous."

Williams labelled Martinez Sanchez a "cheat" on Saturday for not admitting a shot at break point down in the fifth game of the first set had rebounded off her arm. It proved to be the pivotal moment of the first set as Martinez Sanchez went on to win it.

Williams was not happy.

"The rules of tennis are when the ball hits your body, then it's out of play. You lose a point automatically. So the ball hit her body, and therefore, she should have lost the point instead of cheating," said Williams.

"It was clearly my point. I've never sunk low."

When Williams' comments were relayed, Martinez Sanchez said: "I don't like to comment about this. It's a stupid comment."

At least on this occasion the American won the match.

In 2003, a sobbing Williams accused then top seed Justine Henin of Belgium of "lying and fabricating" following a controversial semifinal defeat at Roland Garros.

A year later, the American lost a hotly-contested quarterfinal with compatriot Jennifer Capriati at the US Open after being on the receiving end of several bad line calls.

"Every time you look around, it's like I mean, there was an incident with Justine, and then there was another incident with Jennifer Capriati. Always some drama," said the 2002 Paris champion.


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