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Venus Williams Slapped $7,500 Fine for Skipping TV Interview

Venus Williams, who has reached the Wimbledon women’s singles final for the first time since 2009, has been fined $7,500 by the Grand Slam supervisors for an offense listed as “Media Conference.”

Williams was fined for failing to do a mandatory 1-on-1 post-match television interview after her quarterfinal victory Tuesday. She did the required interview after her semifinal victory on Thursday, and she has appeared for all of her post-match news conferences during the fortnight.

It is not the first time that Williams has been fined for avoiding media obligations at a Grand Slam event. She was fined $5,000 at the 2016 Australian Open for skipping the news conference after her first-round loss.

She also was fined for skipping news conferences after a first-round loss at the 2015 French Open ($3,000) and a doubles loss in 2010 at Wimbledon ($4,000).

Williams, a five-time singles champion at the All England Club, plays Garbine Muguruza for the championship on Saturday.

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