Injured venus vows to fight on

Updated: 2011-01-20 08:01


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Venus Williams suffered a muscle injury in the second round on Wednesday, describing the ailment as one of the toughest to bear in her career, but played through the pain to beat unheralded Czech Sandra Zahlavova 6-7, 6-0, 6-4.

The 30-year-old American screamed in agony after a volley in the final point of the first set tiebreak and hobbled off court to take a medical time-out between sets at a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena.

She re-emerged gingerly with her right thigh heavily strapped and despite grimacing in pain throughout, blasted her way through the second set before sealing the win with a big serve that Zahlavova pushed wide.

The seven-time grand slam champion had strained a psoas, a lower back muscle with tendons linked to the spine and hip, and could only hope the injury would "calm down" to allow her to play the next round.

"I think this is probably the most acute one that I've ever had," Williams said, when asked to compare the strain with other injuries in her career. "In recent time that I can remember pain, I think this was one of the toughest ones for sure. But I just wanted to stay on the court and try to survive and see if I could feel better another day."


(China Daily 01/20/2011 page24)


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