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Video: Serena Williams rolls ankle, collapses on court in first-round win

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Serena Williams lies on the court as opponent Edina Gallovits-Hall looks on Tuesday. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

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.

  • Published On Jan 14, 2013
  • 3 comments
    rick.cale1
    rick.cale1

    The biggest drama queen in women's tennis. There is nothing wrong with her ankle. She has a vast history of creating drama. It was quite obvious when it showed a closeup of her ankle with absolutely no swelling. Those have really sprained an ankle know what I am referring. Her mobility, push off,etc. was good as before fake timeout....just sayin

    zobovt
    zobovt

     @rick.cale1 SO WHAT IF SHE'S A DRAMA QUEEN?? Serena is the only reason most of us in Indonesia watch tennis, most tv ratings are up here only when she's playing ...drama or not she's a legend & a superstar meanwhile you're a poor bitter retarded troll ;(

    MichaelVengar
    MichaelVengar

     @zobovt  @rick.cale1 Thank you for putting Rick.cale1 in check.  I love Serena with a passion and i don't like anyone talking negative about her.  Everyone is entitled to use their own gimmick to excite the audience.  Rather her ankle was hurt or not, all she had to do is make me think there was something wrong and I'd be there kissing it.