Williams out and in doubt

SERENA Williams' bid for a sixth Australian Open singles title has been imperilled by an ankle injury, with the 13-time grand slam champion withdrawing from today's Brisbane International quarter-final after falling awkwardly during her second round.

Williams had an MRI scan last night after limping into her news conference with her swollen left ankle taped, lamenting the latest physical setback and admitting to a ''not again … no way'' reaction to the incident that occurred in the penultimate game against Serb Bojana Jovanovski. The Australian Open starts on Monday week.

''Health is always first for me, so we'll see how it goes. Right now I don't know,'' she said, before her withdrawal was confirmed. She added: ''I'm anticipating it'll be OK. Well, if it's not OK I'm definitely talking to my friend Jack [Daniel's] tonight … he loves to ice, too!''
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Later, in a statement, she expressed her disappointment. ''I have been to hospital and it has been confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain that I probably shouldn't play on. I'm going to take a couple of days off - not too many - and see how I feel. I'm still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.''

Having only a few games earlier cut off the preventative strapping she ''always'' wears, but which was aggravating an unrelated foot problem, Williams stumbled while changing direction at deuce as she served for the match at 5-3 in the second set.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au



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