Serena Williams lost 6-3, 6-2 to Elena “on a rampage” Dementieva in the finals of Sydney’s Medibank International tournament on Saturday. Williams was reportedly hampered by a leg injury – “limping and shuffling” during the match.
She looked pretty good during this point:
Serena, who was tested hard in her semi vs. Aravane Rezai, says she’s not worried:
“It’s just a little pain in my knee and the strapping usually helps the pain go away,” Williams said. “I haven’t played in two months on a competitive level, so it’s good for my body to go through this now. I’m ready to go.” (via the Telegraph)
Here’s more from her post-match press conference:
Serena’s a warrior and there’s no doubt she can play through pain – especially if it’s only a little more serious than her assurances suggest. And her draw in Melbourne is manageable. It’s Dementieva who I’m really starting to wonder about. This is a great win for her, especially going into an assumed second round next week vs. Justine Henin. Dare I start thinking of Elena as the favorite in the Belgians vs. Russians quarter of the draw? And just as I was about to make her a permanent member of the “best player to never win a Slam title” club. . .
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