Rome: Serena Williams overcame a bout of sickness brought on by eating dog food to beat Christina McHale and set up a quarter-final clash with Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Italian Open.
World No 1 Williams confessed to an urgent toilet visit several hours after sampling some of her pet dog Chip’s food in a video posted on Snapchat - but recovered in time to win 7-6 (9/7) 6-1 against fellow American McHale.
Serena Williams kisses her dog Chip as she holds the Madrid Masters trophy after beating Maria Sharapova in the final at Madrid on May 12, 2013. Pic/AFP
“I thought ‘what the heck, I’m gonna try a piece.’ It looks good. So I ate a spoonful. Don’t judge me!” Williams said.
“Let’s fast forward two hours. I just ran to the toilet like I thought I was gonna pass out. I mean it did taste weird. I force-swallowed it. It tasted kind of like house-cleaner thing. I don’t know what they put in these dog foods, but Chip liked it.
“But I don’t think it’s consumable for humans. They should have wrote that! So now I feel really sick. It was just a spoonful but I don’t feel so good.” Williams replied to queries on Thursday by saying: “I’m not the most serious person off the court. On the court I am, but off the court I don’t have a serious bone in my body.” Smiling, she added: “In fact, I have been told I need to grow up a lot.” Admitting she was feeling no serious ill effects of the incident, she added: “No, thank God! But I don’t know how my dog eats that. I guess he’s okay with it.”