“I’m going to take a couple of days off — not too many — and see how I feel,” Serena said in a statement. “I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.”
Serena in her first trip Down Under since winning the 2010 australian Open title advanced to the Brisbane quarterfinals when she suffered an ankle injury. Serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia on Wednesday when she twisted her left ankle and crashed heavily to the court.
The 13-time Grand Slam winner lay near the baseline for several minutes while getting medical attention. She was helped to a courtside chair and had the ankle re-taped before resuming the second-round match.
Wincing in pain after at least two points Serena went on to secure a 6-2, 6-4 win.
She withdrew from the Brisbane tournament later Wednesday after having medical scans which confirmed a sprained ankle. Serena responded to the press that the injury is something “that I probably shouldn’t play on.”
What a loss for the women’s tennis game if the ankle prevents Serena from further play in 2012! She’s looking as fit as ever and continues to be the greatest player today, whatever the rankings. GodSpeed Serena!