Venus Williams injured ahead of Australian Open
January 5, 2006
HONG KONG (AP) -- Venus Williams sustained an undiagnosed injury at an exhibition tournament Thursday, but still managed to win in straight sets.
After a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Sania Mirza at the Champions Challenge, Williams said she wasn't sure what her injury was because her physical therapist isn't in Hong Kong, only revealing she felt "something's off-balance in my back, or pelvis."
She didn't think the injury was serious, but limited her mobility.
"I think it's something that they can fix," she said. "I was in pain. It was really tough to move and I couldn't move fast."
Williams, like younger sister Serena, is fresh from an injury break toward the end of 2005. She won Wimbledon but faded later in the year, failing to qualify for the year-end WTA Championships. Williams is currently ranked 10th in the world.
Williams said she wanted to stay on court because she won't be playing any more tournaments before the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16. She took an injury time-out in the first set during the match against Mirza.