Tuesday Williams rolled her right ankle during the first set against Edina Gallovits-Hall at the Australian Open and required an immediate medical timeout. She lay motionless on the court for a moment before the umpire came over to check on her. Williams was able to stand and walk to her chair without any help.
After getting the ankle retaped, Williams went on to win the game 6-0, 6-0 in 54 minutes.
She bypassed the obligatory oncourt interviews and went to the post-match press conference quickly. Williams said she panicked when she rolled over her ankle, remembering a similar injury to her left ankle last year at Brisbane. She has no plans to let this injury slow her down at the Australian Open, however.
"I'll be out there unless something fatal happens to me. I'm not here to make excuses. I'm here to play," Williams said.
Williams walked cautiously onto the court Thursday for the second round and kept her points short to avoid irritating her right ankle. In short time, Williams won 6-2, 6-0 against No. 112 ranked Garbine Muguruza, ending with a 128.7 mph ace, the fastest she can remember serving.
She says she wasn't bothered by her ankle during the match- "Obviously when you go out there to play you're heavy on adrenaline and you're pumped up. Usually I feel injuries after the match but so far, so good. I felt pretty, much better than I ever dreamed of expecting to feel."
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