Women’s top seed Serena Williams won through to the quarter-finals despite falling ill after tasting her pet dog’s dinner in her Rome hotel.
Her Yorkshire terrier Chip had been served a salmon and rice dish and Williams told followers on social media she had been tempted by the look of it, saying: “I ate a spoonful. Don’t judge me.”
The food tasted “a little bit like a house-cleaner thing,” Williams said in a video posted on Snapchat, adding that she had made an urgent trip to the bathroom a few hours later.
“I don’t think it’s consumable for humans. They should have wrote that,” added Williams, who showed no lingering ill effects in beating fellow American Christina McHale 7-6(7) 6-1.