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Article: Serena should have lost, Cried in the bathroom

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/...548826430.html

is this true?

i did not see the match. i hope she is ok this is terrible. and this reporter is really down on her and her chances in this tournament.

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Injured Serena Struggles to Victory


Thursday, June 23, 2005

Despite obvious pain from injured ankles, Serena Williams courageously came through her second successive hard-fought match to make the third round early on Thursday evening. She beat the Italian qualifier Mara Santangelo, ranked just 124 in the world, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. It was a match the two-time Wimbledon champion should have lost by a distance, such was her immobility. But the Italian was crippled even worse by nerves, and threw away what should have been a famous victory.

Serena had a torrid time of things in her startling first round encounter with 104th ranked Angela Haynes, who pushed her all the way to three sets. Of course Williams can quite often play patchily in the very early rounds of Slam tournaments, and it should be remembered that an ankle injury had prevented her hitting a ball in anger for eight weeks before the start of this Wimbledon, whether on grass or any other surface.

So perhaps it was no surprise that Williams permitted Santangelo a break point on her opening service game of the match. But it did raise an eyebrow or two when Serena patted a bread-and-butter baseline stroke into the net. She was obviously moving with less than total freedom and had arrived on court with both ankles strapped, although that seemed to do nothing to alleviate the pain she was clearly suffering. She is known in any case for grunting on every stroke almost as loudly as Maria Sharapova, but in this case the sound was quite different. In no time, through no great sparkle in Santangelo's game, Serena had surrendered another service game to the audible amazement of the Centre Court crowd.

Watched by older sister Venus who had earlier beaten Nicole Pratt for a place in the third round, Williams was clearly avoiding any unnecessary running wherever possible. It permitted Santangelo two set points on Serena's serve, although Williams' fighting spirit rescued both. Santangelo's nerves threatened to get the better of her as she delivered successive double faults, but Serena was hampered too badly. The set was gone.

But Williams would not give up. Instead she came back, trumping her opponent's inexperience to break. But the effort cost Williams too dear and it was only a matter of time before Santangelo took the break back. Like a wounded animal, Serena was there for the taking, yet Santangelo couldn't manage the kill. Williams broke again for 5-3, and remarkably took the set.

She left the court briefly for a comfort break - presumably to permit herself to sob with agony for a few minutes - before coming back to make the most of Santangelo's desperate inexperience. The Italian knew she should already have won the match, yet saw her serve go astray again. Serena hung on for a victory which should never have happened.

Williams is still on course for a likely fourth round encounter with Venus, as both are in the bottom half of the draw. But given Justine Henin-Hardenne's early exit from the tournament, and Serena's painful injury, it is already difficult to see any player who can bar Sharapova's way to a second consecutive appearance in the final.

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What a negative article!

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It never crossed my mind that she was suffering from her ankle injury during the match although she didn't try and run down as many balls as she usually does. Saying that though, she was moving super fast up the court and played some awesome passing shots up there. What I am convinced of though is that Serena has put on a bit of weight and she is a lil unfit. She can get back in good enough shape though as long as she progresses through the tournament.

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If this is true, I think that Serena needs to withdraw from this tournament and let her ankle fully heal. There is no reason why she should risk prolonging her injury or making it worse when all she needs to do is rest up and prepare for the US Open or the Year end Championships later on this year.
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She left the court briefly for a comfort break - presumably to permit herself to sob with agony for a few minutes - before coming back to make the most of Santangelo's desperate inexperience. The Italian knew she should already have won the match, yet saw her serve go astray again. Serena hung on for a victory which should never have happened.
um, who exactly is presuming this?
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That is a very strange article. Unless Serena actually says she was hampered by an injury I'm not about to buy it. Her footwork was off certainly, but I attribute that more to rust and lack of match play. If her ankles were as bad as this writer is claiming, then I'm amazed at how well she moved in the 3rd set.

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um, who exactly is presuming this?
exactly Damn, can't players just go and have a plain ol' wee-wee these days without people over-dramatizing the situation and making up lies out of it

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but she didn´t so what we gonna do about that?! should Santangelo ask for a punishement to the WTA? oh i know i would , i would ask them to make her pay for winning me a match and pass to the 3rd round. bad bad Rena

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That writer seriously hates Serena. We all knew that Serena would come back and win that match
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Guys, clearly Serena is injured. She would not lose sets to Maria Santangelo if she were not injured. Sorry, Santangelo has no weapons that can hurt a fully mobile Serena.

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Guys, clearly Serena is injured. She would not lose sets to Maria Santangelo if she were not injured. Sorry, Santangelo has no weapons that can hurt a fully mobile Serena.
I'll agree with that much.
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