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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
Zvereva fined for gesture
Natasha Zvereva during her doubles match on Friday
Zvereva in her doubles match on Friday
Natasha Zvereva has been fined $1,000 for making an obscene gesture to the crowd following her women's doubles semi-final match at Wimbledon.

Zvereva and her partner Anna Kournikova were defeated by Venus and Serena Williams.

Belarussian Zvereva and Kournikova, seeded fifth, were beaten 6-3 7-6 by the eighth-seeded sisters on Court One on Friday.

As the four walked off the court however, 29-year-old Zvereva was pictured holding both her arms in the air and with the middle finger of both hands raised.

The fine will be deducted from her 21,335 share of the prize money.

Tournament referee Alan Mills said in his report on the incident: "When leaving the court after the match, Miss Zvereva made an obscene gesture towards the crowd."

Zvereva was found to have violated the Grand Slam code by her "unsportsmanlike conduct".

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