NEW YORK: Serena Williams believes she avoided any serious injury after spraining her ankle on Sunday in a straight set victory over Petra Martic who sent her to the quarterfinals of the US Open.
The 37-year-old American, who was looking for her 24th Grand Slam title in her career to match Margaret Court’s historic record, defeated Croatian Croatian number 22, Petra Martic 6-3, 6-4 .
The main concern for Williams, six-time US Open champion. UU., In an otherwise routine victory was the state of his right ankle that rolled while running towards the net to hit a volley in the second set.
She asked for a medical waiting time on the next break and her ankle was heavily engraved.
“I feel good right now physically,” Williams said after advancing to a meeting with the seventieth Chinese Wang Qiang.
“I just wanted, as I said, compress it and hit it even harder and so at least I can try to end the game.”
“I usually know if it’s horrible from the beginning.” “I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. I thought, instantly,” No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy. “
“But I’ll see it tomorrow. So far I’m fine. I’ve been driving it. We’ll see it tomorrow.”
His road to a tenth final of the US Open opened with the elimination of the first two seeds from his side of the draw, with Wang representing the French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and the 2016 finalist Karolina Pliskova also losing.
Williams, who also fought against knee and back injuries this season, insists that a theoretically easier route to the title will not change his focus in New York.
“I can’t afford to look at it that way. In every game I’ve played, people come and plan for the best,” said Williams.
“I have to show up or I’m going home.”
- “Sweet and amazing” –
Williams won his first Grand Slam title 20 years ago at the US Open, but the eighth seed still feels he has a lot in the tank while pursuing a first race since the Australian Open 2017.
“I always said I would wake up one day and say, ‘I’m done.’ That day has not yet come for me,” said Williams.
“I’m still playing tennis pretty well. I look at Roger (Federer), like today, and the guy is amazing.
“His game is surprisingly surprising. Therefore, there is no reason for him not to be out there with his ability, and I feel the same for mine.”
Williams also referred to the emotional scenes after Saturday’s third round match between current champion Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff, 15, in a game he called “the future of women’s tennis.”
“I thought it was so sweet and surprising,” said Williams, who intervened to try to calm the situation after the boos of the stadium during last year’s trophy ceremony cracked Osaka’s bright moment.
“I usually try to be really sweet after the game. I mean, last year I was obviously comforting Osaka, she was comforting me.”