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beall420
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:07 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/reports/2005-06-23/200506231119548826430.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.

beall420
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:09 PM
Match Reports

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.

Written by Kate Battersby

lili123
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:12 PM
What a negative article!

V-MAC
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:14 PM
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.

catkey94
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:22 PM
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.

Rocketta
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:23 PM
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? :rolleyes:

GoDominique
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:25 PM
Drama.

Couver
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:26 PM
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.

V-MAC
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:26 PM
um, who exactly is presuming this? :rolleyes:

exactly:lol: 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 :rolleyes:

volta
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:26 PM
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

SelesFan70
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:27 PM
um, who exactly is presuming this? :rolleyes:

I would just presume to had to go to the lew... :lol:

Staticbeef
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:30 PM
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VeeDaQueen
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:31 PM
That writer seriously hates Serena. We all knew that Serena would come back and win that match :rolleyes:

mboyle
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:33 PM
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.

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:43 PM
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.

Marcell
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:18 PM
Matt Cronin wrote that Richard advised Serena not to enter Wimbledon because her ankle is not 100% but she wanted to play.

CondiLicious
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:29 PM
That writer seriously hates Serena. We all knew that Serena would come back and win that match :rolleyes:

Well, I don't think the article suggests that the writer hates Serena. I think the article suggests that the writer is in the wrong job and should be writing for shitty soap operas, instead of attempting to write factual articles for the official Wimbledon site!

Paneru
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:39 PM
Matt Cronin wrote that Richard advised Serena not to enter Wimbledon because her ankle is not 100% but she wanted to play.

Yeah, they mentioned it during
the broadcast as well.

IMO, that's most likely the reason she's playing the way
she is. Serena's been rusty before and has rarely ever
struggled this much and this early to these types of players.

alexusjonesfan
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:41 PM
IMO, that's most likely the reason she's playing the way
she is. Serena's been rusty before and has rarely ever
struggled this much and this early to these types of players.

have you watched any of her matches since the Australian? :shrug:

Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:46 PM
Well, I don't think the article suggests that the writer hates Serena. I think the article suggests that the writer is in the wrong job and should be writing for shitty soap operas, instead of attempting to write factual articles for the official Wimbledon site!

Sorry but any article that refers to you as a "wounded animal" is not in any way positive.

jbone_0307
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:05 PM
Well on ESPN, she just did an interview with Brad Gilbert and the other commentator and she said that her ankles were fine, she was moving well, and that she wasn't worried about them.

Paialii
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:17 PM
A very poorly written NEWS article; way too many instances of editorializing in there. The largest example of this is the OPINION interjected in the article, stating, quote, "Serena hung on for a victory which should never have happened."

Again, a poorly written match-report article. These articles are supposed to give both sides and are not to be opinionated.

!<blocparty>!
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:21 PM
Well, it was not clearly obvious to me that she was in pain :confused: Yes, she was moving horrribly but for the first set and the first game of the second she didnt look at her ankles or didn't seem to be paying attention to them at all :confused: I don't know about the rest of the match however, things could have got worst. The commentators were just mentioning how out of shape she was?

The article was retarded, especially for the official wimbledon website. Serena has to pick it up, big time though.

Paialii
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:22 PM
As a tennis player, and as someone who has watched Serena since she began playing pro tennis, I find it obvious that she's bothered by something other than slightly-"off" technique. I do believe she's either a) bothered by one or both of her ankles, or b) she's not wanting to strain them, so she's restricting her movement.

There's been a clear lack of footwork from Serena's end, however at the same time, when she needs the big shots, she's come up with them. Today's match was, again, another brilliant display of how she can win when she's not playing her best. How about that third set though? Serena played some amazing stuff.

Dana Marcy
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:28 PM
Kate Battersby sounds like some American TV commentators. :rolleyes:

Pureracket
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:51 PM
Sorry but any article that refers to you as a "wounded animal" is not in any way positive.That's exactly what I was thinking too.

Knizzle
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:00 PM
She was indeed injured, she says so in her press conference.

harloo
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:06 PM
What's up with this article being on the Wimbledon site? The writer is so unprofessional and the presumptions are outright slanderous. :fiery:

Kabezya
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:12 PM
Don't see why Serena 'should' have lost. She won the match by doing things that she needed to do to be a winner.

Dana Marcy
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:25 PM
What's up with this article being on the Wimbledon site? The writer is so unprofessional and the presumptions are outright slanderous. :fiery:

Here she is on how Mary did today:

Pierce Progresses By Skin of Teeth


ęGetty Images/ D.Berehulak

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Mary Pierce scraped past a player ranked 220 in the world to edge into the third round early this evening. The revival which took her to the French Open final last month was nowhere in evidence on Court No.3 as Pierce struggled to beat Julia Vakulenko of the Ukraine 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 9-7.

Is this really only Pierce's 10th Wimbledon? It seems she has been coming here for a couple of decades. But maybe it is an illusion created by her style of play, and especially her ever-lengthier build-up to serving. Gone are the days when she felt obliged to make a dozen minute adjustments to her hair and dress before being able to deliver the ball. Now she merely gazes into the distance for so long that observers feel sure she must have caught sight of some spooky incident beyond their own line of vision.

Not that this trademark preparation necessarily helps the job in hand. It wasn't as if she began the match in the sparkling style of a champion, commencing with a double fault. After that, a forehand down the line drifted wide to give Vakulenko break point, whereupon Pierce managed to double fault again. It was an inauspicious start. Powering away from the baseline, she found Vakulenko's serve difficult to deal with. Meanwhile Vakulenko - herself a devotee of the baseline as a clay court specialist - was thumping away contentedly. A powerful forehand gave her set point, and an unreturned serve secured the set in 32 minutes.

Of course on paper this match was a straightforward task for Pierce. That said, just a year ago the Ukrainian was ranked 68, but her game has not progressed. The last of her ITF titles came two years ago, the same year as she reached the third round at Roland Garros. But even today's second round match was new Wimbledon territory for her, as she had not got beyond the first round in her two previous main draw appearances in SW19.

Pierce had not played a match between her dismal French Open final defeat to Justine Henin-Hardenne last month and the start of her Wimbledon campaign. But the Frenchwoman remains nothing if not unpredictable. Her clay court season was solid, but in no way hinted at the startling run of results she would string together at Roland Garros.

Yet there was no reason to think she would make such a meal of this match, even allowing for the fact that she has never got beyond the quarter-finals here. In the second set she looked to be resuming normal service by breaking Vakulenko for 5-4, but a disputed line call gave the Ukrainian the break back. Pierce secured three more break points but watched them all leave as fast as they arrived. Vakulenko's backhand was doing Pierce serious damage, and the Frenchwoman required an ace to save match point in the tiebreak. Pierce muffed one set point before capturing a second, and carried on the muddled theme throughout the third set before finally closing out the match.

A third round meeting with the charismatic 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic beckons for Pierce.
Written by Kate Battersby

saki
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:30 PM
This is just a guess but to me in this match and in the Haynes match, she looked like she had really nasty period pain. I believe she's commented on having painful periods before and there was just something about the way that she was walking and grimacing that made me think that. It seems particularly likely given that, in both matches, she felt better as the match progressed which generally happens if you try to do exercise with cramps.

I really didn't think she looked unfit, she wasn't breathing heavily nor was she particularly slow, she just looked cranky as though she didn't want to be there. Given what a competitor she's shown herself to be in the past, my guess is the above.

Geisha
Jun 23rd, 2005, 11:39 PM
1) This reporter is a jackass.

2) Serena wasn't injured. At least, I didn't notice anything. I mean, she obviously wasn't moving her best, but she wasn't hampered by an ankle injury.

3) I'm happy that Serena isn't trying to move too much. If she wants to start running, it best be in the R16 to Venus.