Serena Williams suffered an injury scare during her 6-0, 6-0 first-round win over Edina Gallovits-Hall at the Australian Open, rolling her right ankle in the first set and requiring an immediate medical timeout.
She lay motionless on the ground for a few seconds until the umpire came down to check on her.
She was able to stand and walk to her chair without any assistance.
After getting the ankle retaped, Williams had no problems, going on to win in 54 minutes (1 minute less than Maria Sharapova’s double-bagel win Monday, despite the seven-minute delay).
Bypassing her oncourt interview obligations, Williams came into her post-match press conference relatively quickly, presumably so she could get herself to the doctor as soon as possible. She said she almost panicked when she went over the ankle, flashing back to the left ankle injury she sustained last year in Brisbane. For the most part, she was upbeat. She had no plans to let the injury stop her quest for a third straight major title.
“I’ll be out there unless something fatal happens to me,” she said. “I’m not here to make excuses. I’m here to play.”
The question is how the ankle will react moving forward. Williams is in both singles and doubles (with sister Venus) in Melbourne. Check to see if she withdraws from doubles over the next few days.