There was drama on another level in the third round of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros yesterday, when three-time winner Serena Williams lost in straight sets to unseeded Sofia Kenin, and then threatened to kill her.
Kenin, only 20, and also from the US, won 6-2, 7-5, but had to endure boos from the French crowd, who had clearly come to see Williams win. She stuck to her task, however, and saw the match to its conclusion in just over an hour.
The real drama came as Kenin offered her hand for a handshake at the net after the winning point. Williams shook with her right hand, but used her left to symbolize a knife cutting her throat, then took vociferous applause from the crowd on Philippe Chatrier, or so this guy on the bus said, earlier.
At least, that's what it sounded like; I was sat behind him, there was a lot of traffic noise, and I'd had a couple of 'beverages'.