Leading 4-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall in the first round of the Australian Open, Serena Williams fell while chasing a ball and twisted her right ankle. Her already heavily taped ankle was treated and re-taped multiple times from then on, but the outcome of the match does not suggest Williams was in any disadvantage as she scored a 6-0 6-0 victory. Actually, in the second set her opponent won just six points.
After the match, the 31-year-old ensured us that, despite the pain and swelling, nothing can stop her from pushing herself to win her third straight Grand Slam title:
I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there’s no way I’m not going to be competing. I’m alive. My heart’s beating. I’ll be fine.