Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Serena Williams

After battling back from a career-threatening injury, Serena Williams today proved at Wimbledon that she is still a force to be reckoned with.
And after a year away from the game the manner of the victory proved too much for the American.
The four-time winner broke down in tears following her straight sets victory over French player Aravane Rezai, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
After serving the match winning ace she was overcome with emotion and buried her head in a towel as she sat on a courtside chair.
She then openly wept as she left Centre Court following her win.
Speaking following her victory she said: 'It definitely hit me at the end of the match. I'm not a cryer. I just expected to walk off.
'It was so emotional for me because throughout the last 12 months, I've been through a lot of things that's not normal, things you guys don't even know about.
'It's just been a long, arduous road. To stand up still is pretty awesome.
'I wasn't necessarily expecting to come to Wimbledon this year. Making it and winning was pretty cool.'
It has been a torrid year for the 29-year-old who has suffered a number of injury setbacks.
Last July she stepped on a broken glass in a restaurant severely injuring her foot, requiring 18 stitches.
The foot then needed surgery which ended her 2010 season and saw her lose her crown as world number one.
Williams, who has also won the Australian Open five times and the U.S. Open on three occasions, was then diagnosed with a blood clot on her lungs
Last week during an interview she said that the clots had left her 'on her deathbed'.
Fortunately she has now made a full recovery and despite slipping to 26th in the world, was seeded seven for Wimbledon.
Serena will now play Romanian Simona Halep in round two of the tournament.

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