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'Mobbed' Serena wants tighter Wimbledon security

ESPN staff
July 3, 2012
Serena Williams reflects on her match with Yaroslava Shvedova © PA Photos

Serena Williams has questioned the security at Wimbledon after she was "mobbed" following her last-16 victory over Yaroslava Shvedova.

The No. 6 seed was forced to dig deep as she came through a tough examination, eventually prevailing 6-1 2-6 7-5 as the rain set in on Court Two on Monday.

The four-time champion lost her cool during the clash and was given a code violation for racket abuse having surrendered the second set. However, it was the close proximity of the fans on Court Two that particularly upset the American.

A distressed Williams said the walk through the crowds to and from the locker-room had compromised her safety.

"I was totally mobbed," she said. "I thought I was going to fall down after the match. You know, I guess that comes with the territory. It was crazy out there.

"There were tons of security guards in there just going nuts and screaming. I've never heard them scream so loud. Maybe that should be taken into consideration."

Williams takes on Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon for a place in the last four on Centre Court on Tuesday, admitting she will have to raise her level to knock out the defending champion.

"Well, I'm Serena Williams; I'm very confident," Williams said. "I was sluggish [on Monday], I was just pulling myself together mentally. I feel like I can do a lot better. That is very comforting, because if this is my best I'm in trouble."

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